The Port Lincoln Golf Club will look for alternate funding sources to upgrade its irrigation and water catchment facilities after the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council knocked back a $287,500-loan request.
The club has spent about $125,000 on planning and testing on the water-saving facilities, which are estimated to cost $575,000.
Course superintendent Andrew Blacker said the upgrade would save $57,000 a year and 22 million litres of mains water or about nine Olympic swimming pools.
The upgrade will include a 15-million-litre dam for water from Flinders Highway, an irrigation system using computer generated data to boost water efficiency, drain and dam lining to minimise water loss, a new pump station and a new bore.
“Savings become greater as mains water prices go up.”
“A greater potential we have for savings because of the rising costs.”
Mr Blacker said the upgrade would increase water use efficiency by 10 per, as new computer software would target areas.