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Dunes Golf Course Irrigation System Replaced

Golfer_swing1When replacing an 18-hole golf course’s irrigation system in Vero Beach, Florida, the project’s contractor had 120 days from May through September 2014 to install and test a new system before golfers returned to the links expecting to tee off.

The par 72, 6,870-yard Dunes Golf Course is one of two courses on the Indian River County-owned Sand Ridge Golf Club.

The narrow construction window could have placed extra pressure on the irrigation contractor. However, by planning, ordering supplies and reserving rental equipment well in advance of the start date, the contractor was able to complete the Dunes Golf Course irrigation system ahead of schedule.

The project involved excavation; backfill; canal, cart path and street crossings; installation of mainline and lateral pipes, as well as fittings and valves; testing; flushing; and connecting sprinklers and water control systems.

The project was particularly challenging because the irrigation system could not be disconnected for more than 48 hours in the areas of the course where the system was being replaced in order to prevent grass from drying out during the hot summer months.

The contractor used a four-wheel-drive rough terrain forklift to offload trucks and move pipes and materials to each of the golf course’s holes.

Six utility carts were used to transport people, tools and equipment around the course.

Two mini-excavators were used to cut trenches to install new irrigation mains and lateral lines, and to backfill.

The Neff Rental Port St. Lucie branch supplied the equipment that the irrigation system contractor used to build and complete the Dune Golf Course irrigation system. When planning a golf course irrigation replacement or installation project, call Neff Rental for equipment availability, on-time delivery and 24/7 service and support at 888-709-NEFF, or visit


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