Water-saving scheme drives California's golf courses to rip up turf
As the four-year drought continues to hold California in its grip, it appears that the state's 860-plus golf courses are taking advantage of a scheme designed to reduce their water consumption. Run by California's water agencies, the scheme offers golf courses US$2-3 for every square foot of turf that is removed, saving an estimated 12 million gallons of water a year.
According to US news reports, an average 18-hole golf course in California covers 110 to 115 acres and uses nearly 90 million gallons of water a year. A golf course remove up to 25 acres of grass next to fairways and around the clubhouse without affecting the game.
Other water saving measures being taken by golf courses as they face mandatory cuts to consumption include planting drought-resistant vegetation, letting the turf turn brown in spots and installing smart watering systems.
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