Lake liners: their importance in golf coarse water conservation
Monday, February 08, 2016
Golf course design and architecture generally (if not always!) includes water features which serve multiple purposes. Lakes, reservoirs, streams or wetlands are incorporated into the landscaped for aesthetic purposes, environmental enhancement, water storage and as obstacles to make a course more challenging. Soil dug out to build a water feature is used to landscape a green and build bunkers.
Lakes and reservoirs (built on the lowest ground level to catch rain run off efficiently) provide a source of irrigation to reduce the need for mains water supply. The conservation of water therefore is important in golf course architecture with soil structure determining how this is achieved. In many situations ground seepage results in a drop in water levels in addition to that through evaporation. To conserve water in golf course lakes and reservoirs , it is typical to line them with a rubber lake liner
membrane such as Butyl or EPDM to prevent lose through ground seepage. Rubber lake liners are a material of choice for the golf industry in the UK because they are easy to install, durable and has a proven track record that covers more than 50 years of use in the water containment industry.
To offer additional protection to the lake liner
,a Geotextile protective underlay liner should be installed first. If planting with substrate, the Geotextle liner can also be installed above.
Water plays a very important role in turf maintenance therefore any well planned and managed water feature is considered to be a major asset to a gold club. Careful planning, design and installation are, therefore critical to the upkeep of the golf course including installing reservoir or lake liners. Russetts Developments Ltd have years of experience in providing lake liners to golf course landscapers for the installation of lakes, reservoirs or pond water features. Contact us today discuss lake liner installation
requirements - we also valcanise to the correct dimensions.