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Andy Hugill, Superintendent, Mona Vale Golf Club
2009 AGCSA Excellence in Golf Course Management Award winner Andy Hugill looks at the major works undertaken at Mona Vale Golf Club over a six year period which have seen the club become one of the leading facilities in Sydney's northern beaches region.
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Notes on Course Drainage and Irrigation at MVGC


One of our members, Owen Holden, who has a career as a civil engineer, has responded to requests from members for an explanation of how the golf course manages its system of water supply and irrigation.  His article appears below. Thanks very much Owen, I'm sure your report will be of interest to many members.


These notes may be of interest to those who are curious as to how the golf course is affected by stormwater, and secondly, the sources of our irrigation water.



The stormwater catchment area which surrounds the course and feeds into the course is approximately three times the area of the course itself.


The largest portion of this catchment area is on the west and north-west sides of the course. It extends to the ridge on the west side of Pittwater Road and up Mona Vale Road for about 800 metres. Stormwater run-off from building roofs, roads and other pavements is funneled into the golf course via pits and pipelines which run in an easterly direction. The majority of it goes into

the two large pipelines which underlie the  humps in the 5th,7th, 11t , 15th,and 18th fairways .


These pipelines discharge into the large dam if required for irrigation, or directly into the creek adjacent to the 16th green and the 17th tee. The creek flows into the pipeline which discharges into the ocean from the beach. Water from the catchment on the south side of the course including Mona Vale hospital and surrounding grounds feeds directly into the large dam via the pipes in front of the 18th tee.

The large dam is the final collector for the piped drainage systems and groundwater from seepage and possibly underground springs. In wet weather it does not have enough capacity to take all the incoming stormwater and the excess overflows into the main pipe system at the north end of the dam and flows under gravity to the ocean.


The stormwater is partly treated before entering the golf course area. Pittwater Council has installed five large gross pollutant traps and one smaller trap in the grounds beyond the western side of the course. MVGC has installed two smaller traps which are located on the south-west side of the course. These two traps are properly maintained by MVGC.  The traps installed by the Council have to be maintained by the Council. If this is not done adequately the filters are bypassed during heavy rain and the rubbish goes onto the golf course. This sometimes happens. Stormwater from the southeast area including the hospital is not treated but this does not cause any significant problems.


Drainage is an on-going issue for the Club. However, considering the catchment area, the flat low-lying nature of the course, and the clay/rock sub-strata, the course recovers well after wet weather .This is largely due to the sub-soil drainage system and diligent maintenance.




All water for irrigating the course is pumped from the large dam. No Sydney Water mains supply is used.


In summer and other high water demand periods, all water flowing through the large stormwater pipes is directed to the dam. If further supply is needed to maintain the required dam level, bore water is pumped from the bore which is located near the greenkeeper's shed. There is sufficient capacity available to meet the irrigation demands. Mixing the bore water with the dam water provides suitable dilution of the higher salt content of the bore water.


In winter, the flow in the two large stormwater pipes goes directly into the ocean.  This is done so that the dam level stays low enough to ensure that the Course stormwater drains can  flow into the dam  but  remains high enough for irrigation requirements .


In conclusion, the Club has installed an irrigation system which effectively uses recycled stormwater and does not use the mains water supply.

Please ensure you repair your mark plus one other in the correct way. The link below shows you the correct way. Please watch the videos and act accordingly.

Hand Drawn Buggies  

Date: 2013

For some years we have encouraged players to take their hand drawn buggies across the greens rather than have all such traffic pass along the collars of the greens, leading to unnecessary wear. Some players have adopted the recommended practice, while it is apparent that the habits of a lifetime have made it difficult for others to take the step of wheeling their buggy across the green.

To reinforce the message that we would like players to limit the volume of traffice funnelling along the collars, it has been decided to widen the practice of wheeling buggies across the greens to all buggies, both powered ones and hand drawn ones. Please make an effort to avoid using the collars as the only path to the other side of the green.

Of course we still require all golf carts to avoid passing close to a green. There should be no reason why a cart approaches closer than about 20 metres to the surround or shoulder of any green.


Course - Open

Carts - On


Course works

No major course works are planned during 2013. 

The concrete paths program will continue with the 8th path due mid August 2013, followed by stage 2 of the 2nd green/3rd tee path.

Maintenance of the excellent course conditions is a priority over coming months.

Volunteer Day
  • If you wish to be involved as a volunteer for the course works. Please give your name to Wal Cattanach, Bill Little or Jim O'Ryan. Alternatively you can leave your name at the front office.