Indian Wells Golf Resort

Indian Wells Insider - November 2017

Indian Wells Golf Resort

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THE COURSES > C L I C K H E R E F O R C U R R E N T C O U R S E C O N D I T I O N S AT I N D I A N W E L L S G O L F R E S O R T BOOK A TEE TIME T alk to environmental- ists about golf, and the first thing they men- tion is water consumption. The team at Indian Wells are aware of this issue, and has taken steps to reduce the amount of water used on the resort's two courses. Reduced water usage, however, is only one of the ele- ments that resulted in Indian Wells winning the Califor- nia Golf Course Owners Association's 2017 Commu- nity Environmental Award, which the resort receives on Nov. 8. Indian Wells is one of the few golf resorts in the region that is meeting or exceeding water savings recommended by the State of California's Water Management Plan. "We've stressed water re- duction by replacing grass areas with landscapes that use far less water," said Jonas Conlan, Indian Wells' Direc- tor of Agronomy. "We've also been using an on-site weather station to reduce water usage by about 20 per- cent, and we apply wetting agents onto the tees, fairways and greens to save even more water." All of the water used on both courses is nonpotable; 15 acres of water-efficient wildflower landscapes now use more efficient drip sys- tems; and an additional four acres of grass have been re- placed with drought-tolerant plants. The result: Some 10 million gallons of water are saved annually. Beyond water savings, the courses recycle all steel and metal products, along with waste oil, antifreeze, solvent, paper, plastic, tires and more. "We're proud to be at the cutting edge of environmen- tal awareness," Conlan said. PRIZE PICK Indian Wells Golf Resort earns top honors for environmental friendliness, reducing water use CLICK HERE TO BOOK TEE TIMES AT INDIAN WELLS COURSE OVERSEEDING IS NOW COMPLETE E nsuring that Indian Wells Golf Resort remains a top venue through the winter months, the Players and Celebrity courses were over- seeded with rye grass start- ing last September. The Players Course re- opened Oct. 13, and the Celebrity Course on Nov. 2, with cart path-only rules in effect through Nov. 22. Unlike years past, when both courses were over- seeded from tee to green, the rough on the more challeng- ing Players Course was left alone in order to produce a pleasing visual variation of light brown on vibrant green. "Doing this will also save more water," said Director of Agronomy Jonas Conlin. AROUND THE GREEN Indian Wells Golf Resort will receive the 2017 Community Environmental Award.

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