Chris Dalhamer

Chris Dalhamer

Editorial advisory members vow to make a difference to improve their operations.

It’s the time of the year when New Year’s resolutions are made. So we asked the esteemed members of our editorial advisory board, “What golf maintenance resolutions are you making for the New Year?”

 A Better Irrigator 

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is already here. With that said, it’s important to look back and learn from this past year in order to get better and be more prepared this year. California is currently in its worst drought in recorded history, and the golf industry is in the middle of it. My resolution for this upcoming year is to closely analyze our irrigation system and watering practices.

We all take pride in watering our properties as efficiently as possible every day of the year, and we continue to push ourselves to new limits. This past year was one of the toughest for our course, as we were challenged to find new ways to accomplish excellent conditions under strict water restrictions. I feel we can continue to do better because we have to.

Things like hand-watering, utilizing soil moisture sensors and manipulating programs in our central computer have become the norm for our industry. Now we must push forward into new arenas. This may mean things like evaluating grass types and converting to drought-resistant species, and pinpointing areas that are currently irrigated that could be converted to non-grass areas. Learning to accept different levels of green (I don’t want to say brown!). I’m aware that many clubs are currently in the middle of, if not completing, a lot of these strategies, but as an industry we must explore these avenues, continue to search for new ideas and techniques in order to be successful.

On a personal note, I plan to become a certified water auditor along with attending seminars and classes regarding watering practices this year to help further my knowledge in this important area. As we all begin 2015 in the golf industry, I eagerly look forward to exploring new watering techniques and practices that will make us even more successful in the future.

Chris Dalhamer

Certified Golf Course Superintendent

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, California