Hurdzan honored for “Design Excellence” at Birnam Wood Golf Club

Golf course water conservation honored at Birnam Wood Golf Club

Birnam Wood Golf Club Google satellite map showing golf course water conservation
The Hurdzan Golf design for Birnam Wood Golf Club yields a 30% reduction in golf course water conservation

A panel of golf industry leaders, including representatives of the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Golf Course Builders Association of America and National Golf Course Owners Association, have selected Hurdzan’s turf reduction/golf course water conservation efforts at the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed Birnam Wood Golf Club of Montecito (CA) as exemplifying a “spectrum of innovative ideas that positively impact the environment and health of the game.”

Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan, Managing Partner of Hurdzan Golf Design notes,”California’s on-going and epic drought has motivated forward thinking facilities such as Birnam Wood to aggressively, yet strategically, take steps toward dramatically reducing their water demand footprint. To accomplish this objective while preserving or enhancing the golfing dynamic is the crux of the success metric, and is a delicate effort rooted in as much art as it is science.”

Business partner Dr. Christopher M. Hurdzan adds “this entire process started by recruiting established industry intellectuals Dr. Robert Carrow (eminent turf scientist) and Dr. Van Cline (father of Toro Co. Precision Turf Management program). Then, together, we generated the hard, objective and quantitative data, from soil salinity to photosynthetic vigor, to allow the Club to make sound decisions in three critical thrusts 1) Improving the efficacy of their current irrigation regime 2) Eliminating those areas of turf considered non-essential to golf and 3) Installing the most cutting edge, drought tolerant turfgrass breeds available to man.”

California’s on-going and epic drought has motivated forward thinking facilities such as Birnam Wood to aggressively, yet strategically, take steps toward dramatically reducing their water demand footprint.Dr. Michael Hurdzan

The result has been a >30% reduction in water consumption on a golf facility that is, debatably, given the installation of color/texture enhancing pine straw, more visually striking than the original.

Said Christopher, “While not a restoration in the true sense of the word, this exercise does faithfully reflect our “evolution with intent” philosophy governing that province. In other words, we believe Papa Jones would be pleased with our collective ability to adapt his design to suit modern day golf and climate demands.”


About Birnam Wood Golf Club

The 18-hole Birnam Wood Golf Club facility in Santa Barbara, California features 5,890 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. It was originally designed by Robert Trent Jones who said this was “The best short course I have ever built.”  The Birnam Wood golf course opened in 1968. Learn more about Birnam Wood Golf Club at www.bwgc.net.

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