Oxford Golf Club will cut down on waste by recycling up to half a million litres of water each year to maintain its fleet of machinery.
The course, based on Hilltop Road, Cowley, has installed a state-of-the-art 'Waste2Water' facility as part of its commitment to operating sustainably.
The new system works by separating grass clippings and mud from water that is used to wash down the course's fleet of maintenance machinery each day. It means dirty water which previously had to be disposed of can now be recycled and used through the year, saving nearly one million litres annually.
Doug McGregor, head greenkeeper at Oxford Golf Club, said the investment will have a positive impact on maintaining the 86-acre site by cutting down on unnecessary wastage.
"Maintaining our fairways, greens, bunkers and surrounds to the highest standards means we are using our fleet of machinery in all weathers," said Doug. "Grass clippings, mud and leaves stick to our equipment and need to be washed down each day using hundreds of litres of water.
"Our new Waste to Water facility breaks down the slush generated from the washing process in three tanks to split fresh water which we can reuse and waste for us to dispose of.
"Recycling half a million litres of water each year will not only save money, but also ties in with our commitment to being environmentally friendly too. We're very pleased to provide our valued members and guests with a positive playing experience while considering the local environment too."
Oxford Golf Club's latest upgrade forms part of a programme of activity to improve the quality of the course while providing a better experience for its members and guests.
Last year, a substantial investment by the club transformed the course's greens, bunkers and fairways which saw winter membership reach a new peak.
An upgrade to the fairway irrigation system was installed too to maintain suitable moisture levels in all seasons.
Steve Greenwood, General Manager at Oxford Golf Club, added: "It has been a particularly wet summer so our water usage since April is significantly down on previous years.
"However, our dedicated team of greenkeepers can never rely on mother nature and golf courses often require large volumes of water to provide suitable playing conditions.
"Our Waste2Water facility is a fantastic addition and will ensure our team will be able to recycle a significant amount of water daily to maintain our equipment and machinery."
Oxford Golf Club is the oldest course in Oxfordshire and features a Harry Colt designed 18-hole course, putting green, practice area and coaching school.
For further information, visit oxfordgolfclub.net.
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