Friday, July 12, 2013


What it's like to live in a golf course community.

Every night.  The sprayers come on.  Never mind that Arizona is in a decade-or-longer drought.  Spray-spray-spray.

I have also seen the sprayers doing their work in the daytime, under the hot Arizona sun.  So why is that?

To keep those lush fairways and greens . . . green.

I definitely have mixed feelings.


  1. Protecting and preserving water supplies is a more important and critical want than most folks know, or contemplate. Your mixed feelings, not withstanding.

  2. Around here most golf courses are built in "flood plains" not suitable for any other development, and there's usually a small stream somewhere in that flood plain. They water the course from that stream instead of using treated city water. It isn't as bad as it looks.


  3. Don't get me started!! That better be recycled water they are wasting on trying to keep the desert green.

  4. Perhaps they should make it a sand trap course with a little green around the pins.

  5. The landscape does look pretty, but that's a lot of water being spent to please a few golfers. But I wouldn't mind living next to a golf course in the desert.

  6. The golf courses are irrigated with effluent or tertiary treated water; water you would not want to drink.

    1. I am thrilled to learn that. I had suspected as much but didn't know for sure. Thanks QD!


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