Hoi An, Vietnam: Vinpearl Golf Nam Hoi An, the 18-hole course that is part of Vinpearl Resort & Golf Nam Hoi An, has chosen the Rain Bird IC System for advanced diagnostics and single-head control that allows them to irrigate with precision.
Located south of the historic town of Hoi An in Quang Nam Province, the facility includes a five-star resort and hotel, Vinpearl Land Amusement Park, Vinpearl River Safari wildlife care and conservation park, VinEco – eco-tourism destination – and Vinpearl Golf.
Utilising local trees and native grasses in the out of play areas to replicate original sand dune ecology, the golf course has been designed to provide members and hotel guests a links-style experience.
Having been built on native sand dunes with high infiltration rates and very high summer temperatures, Vinpearl Golf required an irrigation system with individual head control to allow flexibility to adjust watering schedules on the high and low points of the course and achieve elite playing conditions year-round.
With the irrigation installation having to be completed in four months, Vinpearl Golf opted for the IC system for its fast and accurate diagnostics and the ability to communicate with the Rain Bird pump station and ensure the system could precisely replace precipitation to their unique climatic conditions and respond to changing conditions by automatically adjusting irrigation through real time communication.
The IC System allows the superintendent to run diagnostics every morning in a matter of seconds, and instantly know if any heads experienced issues.
Coupled with MI they have the flexibility to activate heads during peak summer and address dry areas from their mobile devices. A Rain Bird pump station was chosen, allowing for the use of the Rain Bird Smart Pump software.
With Smart Pump, the Central Control computer knows what the actual flow being used is and what is available, reducing the watering window and wear-and-tear on the pump station to help reduce maintenance costs.
The 700 and 751 rotors offer the flexibility to switch from full-circle to part-circle operation at the turn of a screwdriver, while maintaining the arc settings with Rain Bird’s MemoryArc. The use of these rotors allows the superintendent to adjust the arcs when the wind direction changes between summer and winter and reduce overthrow into the native grass areas.
Rain Bird is an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.