Avalon GC's large landscaped
areas have water-efficient
irrigation heads, and all the
v trees on the course have
Photo by Justin Peloquin
To promote a dial99ue about
water issues and to provide scientific
information about water resour~~s and
use, Congress recently esta~l.ish,~d a Drip drop in Coachella
Water Caucus. The co-chairs .ot.th~'cau-
cus are Rep. John Linder, R~Ga.;Rep. Call it a sign of the times, the writing on the wall or whatever else you will; the result of the
Jim Costa, D-Calif.; Rep. BartStupak, D- Coachella Valley (Calif.) Water District's revised landscape ordinance is a grim one for residents and golf
Mich.; Rep. Grace Napolitano,.D-Calif.;
courses alike in this California desert playground: Your grass is past.
and Rep. George Radanovich,:B-:Calif.;
Well, almost. 82 acres (of grass) for a golf course, which is even
all longtime advocates of so~ndwater
The original version of the ordinance ad- more stringent."
policy. At least 18 other lawmakers have
opted in 2003 and intended to curtail demand Citrus Ranch will be a target-style golf
expressed interest in joinin~nhe new
on the district's aquifer, offered homeowners course, with much of the grounds capped with
caucus identified the "Twelve Principles
incentives to use water-efficient irrigation sys- decomposed granite and planted to desert land-
of Water Policy" to secure sufficient
tems with "smart controllers" and established scape, Haserot says. Justin Peloquin, a seven-
water supply for urban and rur~l. areas,
a maximum water allowance for developers to year member of GCSAA who is still growing
consider technologies to' i~cr~ase
encourage non..:grassed landscaped areas, which in the I8-hole Avalon GC, says his new course
water supply efficiency and imPI~T~nt
can be irrigated with less-wasteful drip systems. relies heavily on drip irrigation and landscaping
efficiency improvement strategieS;: For
Despite the assertion of the district's head engi- with shrubs, groundcover and other desert-hardy
more information, visit www.irrigation.
'lJi neer that the 2003 law was having the intended plantings to cut water waste. Ironically, he points
effect, prolonged drought conditions called for out, his city (which is not within the CVWD)
more extreme sanctions. seems to have been more concerned that he keep
Belmont Hills Gol. u
The revised ordinance, which went into ef- the dust generated by construction under control
Warwick, Bermuda, recently toqk ~Em
,I.. " ... fect Oct. 1, added a few "teeth," among them - by sprinkling with water, of course - than
honors in the National Excellen~ein Ir-p'
this edict: with conservation.
rigation Awards in the golf coy[~~'ir~iga-<1
"Golf courses are limited to four acres of In drafting the revised ordinance, the CVWD
tion category from the AmericaniSocietv"
grass on average per golf hole and 10 acres of staff says it solicited input and support from rep-
of Irrigation Consultants. Recognized
grass for the driving range and practice areas. resentatives of the building industry, golf course
was Bob Scott of Irrigation Consultant
All other, non-playable acreage must meet the superintendents, landscape architects, other area
Services, Conyers, Ga. The annual
ordinance's other requirements." water districts and local municipalities.
awards honor the sound science. and
This applies to both new golf course devel- The CVWD's crackdown is expected to save
judgment required of an independent'
opments and renovations of existing courses. 16.3 billion gallons a year, and that's going to
irrigation consultant. Awards are given
Even for golf course architects accustomed have "a huge effect" on the locals, Haserot pre-
based on quality of project planning,
to dealing with desert demands, like Grant Ha- dicts, even if the design and turf management
design in functionalism, egvironmental "i
responsibility and relevance; Jose B€m~.11 serot of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Schmidt-Curley professionals know how to handle it.
Design Inc., this comes as a bit of a shock. "It's a marketing/real estate problem now," he
evides is the International superint~n'L,.
"California's basically catching up to what says. "Sounds like the days are gone of walking
dent Member at the course.'
Arizona's been doing for the last 20 or so years," out of your condo onto grass."
says Haserot, whose firm is responsible for the
recently completed Avalon Golf Course in Palm
Springs and the Citrus Ranch Golf Club proj-
Presented in partnership with ect currently planned for Pulte Homes' Shadow
The Toro Co. Hills III development in Indio. "Still, that's just Bunny Smith is GeM's senior managing editor.
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