California Water Restrictions Effect on San Diego Golf Courses

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California is under mandated water restrictions per Governor Jerry Brown. No city has been hit harder than San Diego County. But what about the local golf courses in the county? San Diego Features 2 of the top 100 public golf courses in America in Torrey Pines Golf Course and Maderas Golf Club. It also features the Aviara Golf Course in Carlsbad where the Kia Classic is played each March.

They are all expected to cut water usage. Torrey Pines Golf course uses reclaimed water (Toilet to Tap), from a plant right next to the golf course. Aviara does the same, using the reclaimed water from the Carlsbad treatment plant. So why doesn’t every use this water that gets sent out into the ocean instead of Potable water? Cost. These plants use different pipes to send the water to it’s final destination. Those pipes (since they have treated treated toilet to tap water), have to be built.

Maderas has a different issue to deal with, since they are inland. The course tends to be 10 to 15 degrees warmer than the coast, and they are not near a treatment plant. So what they have been doing is using “raw” water that is transported down from Riverside county, and mix that with the well water from the property.

What do all of these three golf courses have in common? They all are some of the best at watching how much water they use, and they are aware of every drop that goes out.

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