Since installing a Barenbrug bespoke grass seed mix, Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey has seen its water bill halved.
The top 100 UK golf course is built on sand, leaving it exceptionally susceptible to drought. In 2008, the club procured three 84,000 gallon water tanks in an effort to reduce water costs and ease it through periods of drought.
Course manager Ian Dye said: "Maintaining healthy grass cover is critical to attracting and retaining members—but the water costs are expensive. Since switching to the Barenbrug mix two years ago, we’re using at least half the amount of water we were using before.
He added: "When choosing a grass seed mix, it pays to look at the overall, long term cost—to feed and water over a number of years. You’ll soon see it’s a false economy to use a cheaper seed. Healthier grass with good aesthetics really does contribute to the bottom line of your club."
Barenbrug rsearch and development manager Dr David Greenshields said: "Tandridge needed exceptional drought tolerance: the two main components treated by Barolympic (the #1 perennial ryegrass in Table L1 BSPB Turfgrass Seed 2016). It’s also very fine leafed and pale, so it’s fantastic for traditional style golf courses. For Tandridge, we tweaked the blend, adding in some Hardtop hard fescue, to lock in an additional layer of drought tolerance."