Golf courses

No golf courses in California deserts during a drought

For the editor: In February 2009, we replaced the lawn of our small house in the San Fernando Valley with plants native to California. No refund was ever received. Many plants are now tall; some died. We get compliments and our yard was part of a native plant garden study. (“Up to 1 million gallons of water…one night? That’s normal for some golf courses in the desert”, column, October 9)

Our water usage has decreased by 62%, saving over 919,000 gallons of water and approximately $6,000 in LA Department of Water and Power fees since 2009. I like that.

I don’t like knowing that one of the more than 120 golf courses in the Coachella Valley blows away our 12+ years of water savings in about nine hours, every night.

In a permanently drought-stricken four-fifths of Australia called the “outback,” golf course fairways are dirt and “greens” are hard-packed black sand. People play it daily. Coachella Valley Golfers and Golf Course Owners, State Water Resource Managers, Water Drinkers: Are You Listening?

Chuck Almdale, North Hills


For the editor: I’ve been bothered for a while by how California is underusing what little water we have growing snacks (almonds) and wine, and now I’m finding out millions of gallons a day go to golf courses from a water source that is recharged by the imperiled Colorado River.

So there is plenty of water for snacks, wine and golf. Welcome to the hedonistic California Republic.

Jim Sangster, Ojai


For the editor: As the members of the senior generation who moved in and developed the desert golf resorts grow old and die, what will be the need for these wasteful expanses of greenery?

Toby Horn, Los Angeles