California is in a severe drought..so why am I blogging about a NEW golf course? My low desert Valley area of Palm Springs to La Quinta sports approx. 123 golf courses! What? That is correct, and only 30-40% use reclaimed water. So Why ANOTHER course? This is a double edged problem.
The new course at Hawks Landing in Yucca Valley has actually been there for quite some time, but only just re-opened 2 weeks ago. It's heading to the new strategy of Desert Scape on surrounding areas other than the Fairway, and only two 6 hole koops. Idea being, to use less water of course, and also to allow new players to NOT have to spend so many hours playing! They can choose to shoot 6 holes and stop, 12 holes and stop, or 18 holes and stop. Much more user friendly.
Golf is a huge industry in my Valley. BUT, golf course owners, managers, and players MUST make the transition to Desert Scape, no wasted water uses on non fairway grass, use reclaimed water ONLY, and replace ALL existing non-fairway areas with drought friendly plants and landscape! Of course! California is facing a HUGE challenge, but one that is surmountable IF we stop being selfish, and all of us accept and go with the water restrictions..period.
I look at our drought as a challenge to all of us desert rats. Time to be creative! Time to get new businesses up and running, replacing turf with rocks and cactus, creating new Landscape companies and designing new desert palettes. PROMOTING water DROPS in useage amongst companies, challenging each other to "who can cut their consumption the most?"
My own 1/2 acre property receives 5 stars from the water company every month..all drip system, desert succulants, creative walking paths, rock arrangements. So pretty, and very little water required. Come on people..let's get going. Tear up that grass!!