How did the Clube de Santo da Serra reduce its water usage by 66%?

By: August 10, 2022

GCSAA’s Golf Course Environmental Profile (GCEP) Survey Series – 3rd edition – found water use down by 29% at U.S. golf facilities since 2005.

I definitely wanted to share this with you before reporting on Clube de Santo da Serra‘s latest sustainability efforts.

Clube de Golf Santo da Serra has enhanced the island of Madeira’s long-term environmental commitment to developing new golf eco-solutions after installing a new state-of-the-art irrigation system – reducing its water consumption by around 66%.

Clube de Golf Santo da Serra ocean view

The golf club management has implemented an upgraded course eco-strategy over the last 12 months to improve its green credentials and improve the overall playing experience for members and guests.

Why hasn’t Clube de Santo da Serra joined the GEO OnCourse program yet?

Having installed a new irrigation system on the Machico and Desertas nine-hole loops at the end of last year, Clube de Golf Santo da Serra has now completed similar work on the 3,193-yard Serras course – reducing its water consumption by two-thirds.

Thus just 750m³ a day is now needed to help ensure optimum course conditions all year round.

Clube de Golf Santo da Serra golf course sunset

In addition, the club has renovated the four on-course lakes that it uses for irrigation, installing an interconnecting system between all of them to improve access to water so that all areas of the 27-hole layout can easily be watered whenever necessary.

It is estimated that the combined capacity of the lakes is around 40,000m³, a volume that will reinforce the storage capacity of the Lagoa do Santo system.