A new ball game
The new colour of California's golf courses
A recent New York Times article has revealed that “brown is the new green” in California’s golf industry. The Golden State is in its fourth consecutive year of drought and golf resorts are faced with huge cuts in water allocation and potentially higher water rates. To cope, some resorts are letting their turf turn brown and ripping up grass in places that won’t affect the game. They’re planting drought-resistant desert vegetation instead and installing smart watering systems. To help, some water agencies are running turf reduction rebate programs that offer $2 to $3 for every square foot of ground cover removed. According to Mike Huck, a water management consultant who works with golf courses statewide, an average 18-hole course in California uses almost 90 million gallons (340 million litres) of water per year, enough to fill 136 Olympic-size swimming pools.
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