The management of the water supply coming into the golf facility and how it is used is a very important aspect of any golf club’s environmental management both on the course and in the built areas.

Water is used on the golf course and maintenance facility for irrigation, chemical mixing and washing down of machinery. In clubhouses and pro-shops water is used for more domestic purposes in catering, showers, toilets and sinks along with central heating systems.

There is lots of water legislation covering all of these practices that clubs will need to be aware of. Costs of water are increasing like all other utilities so effective and efficient water management avoiding excessive use and wastage of water, is an important part of reducing the operational costs of your club.

Best Practice Guidance

> Water Supply

> Reducing your water bill

> Water Abstraction Regulations – SEPA

> Scottish Water Byelaws (plumbing systems) – SW 2014

> Water Use Efficiency

> Saving Water Advice – Resource Efficient Scotland

> Water Efficiency Advice – Scottish Water Business Stream

> Recycled machinery washwater


Water Case Studies

> Alternative Irrigation Supply – Swanston Golf 

> Alternative Drinking Water Supply – Innerleithen GC

> Machinery Washdown – Gogarburn GC

Key Organisations

> Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

> Scottish Water

> Business Stream

> Zero Waste Scotland

> Resource Efficient Scotland

> Water Efficiency Network


For more guidance contact our Environment Manager, Carolyn Hedley

E: c.hedley@scottishgolf.org

T: 07921 606560