Driving Efficient Water Use at Desert Mountain

One thing is for certain as it pertains to golf course maintenance, and that is how we protect our most valuable natural resource – WATER.  With technology increasing at a rapid pace when it comes to how we manage our courses, we have found that by integrating the Soil Scout system into our daily routine, we are able to become more anticipatory rather than reactionary in our irrigation scheduling.  With the wireless sensors and real time information, we have become more precise in calculating the percentage gain or loss of moisture in the soil.

The Soil Scout allows us to see exactly what impact an irrigation cycle had on the moisture level and we are able to be more efficient in future scheduling by watching the data that we receive from the in ground sensors.  It does all that is says it can do and has shown to be another valuable tool in our efforts to produce high quality playing conditions while at the same time using  water wiser.

Marc Snyder
Superintendent – Outlaw Course, Desert Mountain

Give your players the great playing experience they deserve!

There are approx. 40,000 managed golf courses worldwide, using an estimated 2.5 billion gallons of water every day. Individual courses can use up to 1 million gallons per week. This represents a significant cost to courses in terms of water and irrigation power.

In addition, governmental water restrictions are increasing in many parts of the world, as are environmental pressures to be responsible with previous limited water resources.

Soil Scout ground-breaking technology enables the continual monitoring and profiling, regardless of season or conditions, and the tailoring of turf care based on the specific conditions on each hole.

Having accurate and real time information about your turf enables better and more timely turf management decisions, and thus your course will be in better condition.

  • Wireless real-time insight where YOU want it below the surface
  • Reduce irrigation by up to 50%
  • Maintenance free for up to 20 years

 

SOLUTION ELEMENTS

The Soil Scout solution consists of variable elements, depending on customer needs.

Scout A small, durable, wireless buried sensor that was specifically designed to transmit from up to 12 feet below ground. The HYDRA Scout measures & transmits raw data to the Cloud hourly for up to 20 years, including:

  • Capacitive Moisture
  • Temperature
  • Electrical Conductivity (EC)

The raw EC & Capacitance data is converted to Moisture Content & Salinity in the Cloud using proprietary analytics.

HYDRA Scout
Base Station Receives the Scout transmission via a Receiving Antenna, and passes to a GSM / WCDMA cellular Modem, which transmits the data to our Cloud & Analytics platform. Typically pole or building mounted, it can be located up to 900 yards away1. The type of antenna needed (e.g. Omni, Enclosed Yagi) depends on the specific needs of the site. Each Base Station can handle 1000+ Scouts.
ECHO Repeater When direct transmission to the Base Station is not possible because of distance or topographical barriers, one or more Repeaters can be used to pass the signal along. Range up to 6 miles line of sight, depending on Antenna type.
Analytics Cloud Facilitates easy analysis of both raw and calculated data down to a per Scout level. It is also the hub for equipment management. Alarm functionality allows for exception notification, and real-time export of data is possible via our REST API.

 

Tangible Benefits for Golf Courses

  • Optimal decisions on irrigation, fertilising and other maintenance with insignificant effort and reduced manual measuring
  • Water and energy savings of up to 50%
  • Decreased fertiliser runoff and reduced ground-water pollution
  • Lower irrigation equipment maintenance costs
  • Immediate insight on performed irrigation, vertical water infiltration and possible layering
  • Opportunity to maintain turf moisture optimally low to reduce vegetative growth, mowing work and grass residue
  • Enables proactive operations based on late fall, winter and spring conditions; e.g. snow covered warm turf predisposed to pests & mould
  • Looking-glass through snow cover and soil surface: modify Fall maintenance in proportion to true levels of frost, enabling earlier season openings
  • Superintendents can show evidence to shareholders and society of responsible resource use (water, energy and fertilisers)

Give your players the great playing experience they deserve – on optimal and uniform turf!

 

Screenshots from Soil Scout Analytics Cloud, showing Scout and Base Station locations. Map interface allows selection individual Scouts, and viewing of both raw and calculated current and historical data in tabular or graphical form
  1. Underground to air range depends heavily on receiver antenna type and elevation, soil type, topography, vegetation, etc. See www.soilscout.com/documents for more guidance on indicative ranges.

Mississaugua Golf relies on Soil Scout

‘We are using Soil Scout to provide us with up to the second data on what is happening below the turf surface. We have remote access from anywhere in the world at the touch of a button and have quickly become reliant on the convenience that this service provides. The product was easy to install and the Soil Scout team has been very quick to help us get set up and when we have needed support we have had no issues. We look forward to building on our infrastructure and expanding beyond our current use’

Jon Smith
Golf Course and Property Manager
Mississaugua Golf and Country Club, Ontario, Canada