SANTA ROSA, Calif.-Tire dealers who enjoy a frequent round at the golf course may someday find they cannot escape tires even at these green havens. Tire Farms of Santa Rosa has developed a subirrigation system, comprised of layers of split scrap tires, for golf courses.
By embedding the tires under the fairways and portions of the rough, the Rain Trap System can trap and store rain water to irrigate the root system of the turf grass.
The company claims the system can save an average golf course about 60 million gallons of pumped water during a year, depending on local climate and soil conditions.
Tire Farms touts its system as a way for golf courses to reduce the cost of artificial irrigations, lower fertilizer and pesticide requirements and provide a method of scrap tire disposal-about 1.23 million tires would be used to cover about 88 acres of an average 150-acre, 18-hole golf course.
During golf course construction, the Rain Trap System can be installed by excavating about 15 inches below the ground, planting a layer of pre-split tires and covering them with soil.
Tire Farms has begun marketing its system and is seeking its first customer.