Golf Courses Innovate during California’s Drought


El Niguel pic
El Niguel

Former Iyer Health Shield CEO Krishen Iyer is now involved in buying and selling real estate throughout California with his company Iyer CRSI. In his spare time, Krishen Iyer enjoys golfing weekly.

California faced an extreme and a long-lasting drought over the past several years, facing its driest times within the last 500 years. Golf courses use a lot of water to keep their greens green – about as much in a day as a four-person household might use in a year.

California golf courses have been working on strategies to save water and improve sustainability when climate change is making things like the availability of water more unpredictable. Pelican Hill, near Los Angeles, set up a complex water management system that can store, recycle, and reclaim water. Other courses, like El Niguel in Laguna Niguel, switched to drought-resistant grass and planted local floras that don’t need as much water as grass. Some courses simply let their greens turn brown under the water restrictions.

The drought has officially ended, and California is seeing record rainfall, but sustainable practices in California’s golf courses may help them face unstable weather patterns more effectively in the future.