How 1 golf course stays green during the drought

LODI, CA - With California experiencing a third straight dry year, it's a tough balance for golf course managers. How do they keep the course green while conserving water at the same time?

Micke Grove pro Matt Rascoe said his course made sure recently to get its irrigation system in good order.

"Last year we renovated our pump station. We re-did every pump to become more efficient. We got a rebate from P G and E," Rascoe said.

Rascoe said he prefers courses that are slightly drier, not soggy, because the ball carries farther. Non pros at Micke Grove agreed.

"If it's dry, you get more roll. Al Gard said.

[Reporter]: "You don't mind?"

Heck no, heck no," Gard said.

Micke Grove is owned by San Joaquin County so it's important to keep customers returning, Rascoe said. The water for the course comes from a well. It's fed to a series of lakes at the course, and then pulled from the lakes for watering.

Without being specific, Rascoe said he's heard of some Northern California courses now eliminating watering on fairways. Those courses are only watering the greens and tee boxes.


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