Southern California golf courses use recycled water to keep grass green

Golf and green grass have long been a perfect pair, but some prefer drastic measures when the region is in drought.

“I believe if it goes for one, it goes for all,” said Chino Hills resident Remon Meleka. “You cannot restrict an owner or a business and not restrict another person.”

From her garden in Chino Hills, Meleka gazes out at Los Serranos Golf Club, a public facility that uses recycled water to keep its fairways and greens lush. Since Meleka depends on drinking water for irrigation, he should limit watering to three days a week. However, since Los Serranos uses recycled water, they are not subject to watering restrictions.

It’s a similar story in Long Beach, where the city’s five municipal golf courses use recycled water for their fairways and greens. However, the rules prohibit oversaturation.

“I think we should keep watering with reclaimed water and adding a cold beer every now and then,” said golfer David George.

Many Southland golf courses are starting to reduce watering since outdoor restrictions were put in place, allowing lush greens and fairways to turn a bit brown.

“I think the rules should be the same and they should lead by example,” Long Beach resident Crystal Rojas said. “They should choose to show us how things can be done.”

Others, like Long Beach resident Linda Lawler, who lives across from the city’s Heartwell Golf Course, disagree.

“I feel good about it because it’s reclaimed water,” she said. “I don’t think they have to use the water that we use to take baths and all that.

Michael C. Ford