Drought - Water, Water Everywhere, But Not a Drop to Drink

Drought doesn’t have to mean no water, impact on your golf course, clubs’ viability or customer experience ‐ if planned for and well managed. Threats to golf water security come from many quarters: global warming, lower rainfall, drier summers, drought and inaction! Add the unpredictable risks of climate change and tighter environmental requirements, without a Drought Management Plan and these changes will likely affect your clubs’ business model, customer experience and future growth. This Focus On session offers practical advice on how to identify your clubs’ drought risks and develop options to help you plan for a water poor future.

Learning Outcomes:

• Recognise the threats to golf from current and future drought

• Identify the early warning hydrological threshold trigger levels, for the different stages of a drought i.e. normal, potential drought and drought

• Carry out a light touch golf water resources drought audit

• Understand the difference between a drought order, drought permit and how they affect golf club water security

• Develop a golf drought water management action plan framework

• Explain how a good Drought Management Plan underpins UK golf club’s future growth and sustainability

Presented by Junier Browne, Environmental Consultant, JBEL Environmental Services Ltd

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