This is the second of three stories that highlight measures being taken by golf courses around the country to mitigate the issues of rising costs and restricted access to water. The USGA Water Resource Center of USGA.org contains more valuable information about golf’s use of water. Read part 1 in the series here, and part III here.
A sustainable water supply is vital for all golf courses. The 2014 survey, “Water Use and Conservation Practices on U.S. Golf Courses,” funded by the USGA, found that 67 percent of the nearly 2,000 responding golf courses use lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, canals and wells for their irrigation supply, while an additional 8 percent use municipal drinking water.
Unpredictable weather and growing demand for water have placed increasing strain on all of these water sources. As a result, water costs are rising and usage restrictions are becoming more common. In response to these challenges, golf courses are pursuing a variety of strategies to improve existing water supplies or develop alternative sources that are more affordable and reliable.
The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel, Calif., is one of the many golf courses consistently affected by drought. Capturing rainfall and storing it for use during the summer is a critical component of their water supply.