News Release: Campbell Scientific provides data for Greek golf course
Campbell Scientific equipment is providing accurate data at the first golf course to be built in Greece in more than 22 years, due to open early in 2003 on the island of Crete.
Kritika Golf SA, a company specially formed by a group of local hotel owners and businessmen, has developed the course, which has been designed by Bob Hunt, golf architect and head of golf design of PGA GM. The 18-hole ‘desert type’ course places great emphasis on natural growth and the establishment of an environmentally friendly course. A Par 72 Championship Standard course, some 6,400 yards long, there will be four sets of tee positions on each hole to make it a challenging course for golfers of all levels.
There will be two driving ranges and a state of the art Golf Academy with practice putting greens and short game practice area. The course benefits from differences in elevation, natural maquis vegetation and a spectacular setting. The developers see the course as a most important event in Greek Tourism and it will open a new era by extending the tourist period of the island.
The Greek contractor Andreas Maragakis is at the stage of irrigation and final shaping. He is working in close relationship with landscaping specialists Geomechaniki of Athens Ltd, distributors for The Toro Company in Greece. Geomechaniki chose one of Campbell Scientific’s pre-configured weather stations to work alongside their Toro installations.
Toro is the product of choice for more golf courses than all other brands combined. The number one irrigation system is certain to need the number one meteorological partner. The Toro Central Irrigation and Control Systems work in conjunction with the Campbell Scientific pre-configured weather station T.Weather 106, to provide cost-effective irrigation control.
The T.Weather 106 system monitors meteorological conditions that affect turf grass water consumption. To do this, the station continuously monitors solar radiation, temperature, RH, wind speed/direction and rainfall. The station is able to calculate ETo (evapotranspiration) from proprietary algorithms and transfer the data by methods suitable for the application, for instance telephone or short haul modems.
The same evapotranspiration monitoring station configuration (the ET106) is widely used around the world to provide an accurate method of identifying crop water needs, helping to eliminate under- and over-watering mistakes, which in turn saves money and improves quality of turf grass and other crops. Apart from golf courses, ET106 stations are used by commercial farms, local authorities, utilities, and home-owner associations to help manage irrigation scheduling while promoting sound water and groundwater management.
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