Using benchmarking techniques for water use management in golf courses across southeast Spain

  1. Amparo Melián Navarro 1
  2. María Dolores de Miguel Gómez 2
  3. Antonio Ruiz Canales 1
  1. 1 Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche

    Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche

    Elche, España


  2. 2 Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

    Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

    Cartagena, España


International Conference of Agricultural Engineering - AgEng 2014 Zurich

Year of publication: 2014

Type: Conference paper


Golf courses are a prime example of sport and leisure facilities with a huge thirst for water resources. In arid and semi-arid regions such as southeast Spain, efficient use of water is a priority for ensuring good management of these regions’ scare water supplies. Although in Spain the total land area set aside for golf courses is relatively low, these facilities place a great strain on water supplies because of the need for intensive watering of the playing surface. The volume of water allocated to this use often exceeds that employed for agricultural purposes, bringing under scrutiny these facilities’ significant environmental impact.