Data-driven greenkeeping

IoT use case by Sensative

Golf is one of the largest sports in Sweden when it comes to practitioners: 484 514 unique golf players. The amount corresponds to 4,5 percent of the Swedish population and almost every 20th swede. The increasing competition of golf players puts pressure on the quality of the courses and longer playing seasons. It also puts pressure on refining the courses, not only during the season, but also before and after the season in order for the courses to reach optimal quality.

The golf course is the single most important part of a resort. A normal golf course with 18 holes covers approximately 50-100 hectares, where approximately one hectare constitutes of greens. The greens are sensitive, and the course’s most important part, making them the most care-intense areas when it comes to maintenance.

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Falsterbo GK sensor

According to Svenska Golfförbundet, the costs for maintaining an 18-hole golf course amounts to 500,000 SEK–4,000,000 SEK per year. The large differentiation depends mainly on two things: location and the club’s goal with the course. Maintaining a course in southern Sweden with a season of 40 weeks is more expensive than a course in northern Sweden with a season of 20 weeks. It also differs between city courses and country courses. Maintenance must suit the clubs’ ambition and resources.

Sensative, in cooperation with partner Sensefarm, offers a LoRaWAN based solution that makes irrigation more streamlined. By measuring moisture on greens and providing live data, water consumption can be decreased and optimized, and workload reduced.

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