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Country Club Getting $2.2 Million Rebate to Rip Out Some Grass

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These foggy days aren't foolin' anyone: there's a raging drought in progress. Across Los Angeles, Southern California, and the entire state, people are being asked to conserve water however they can, and the Metropolitan Water District is offering rebates of up to $2 per square foot to incentivize people and businesses to rip out their grass. One taker on that offer, according to Golf Course Architecture, is the Glendora Country Club, which will receive a sweet $2.2 million rebate for removing and replacing 25 acres of its green grass. Glendora's golf course is 113 acres total.

The club already had plans to rip out between 15 and 20 acres of grass and replace it with native and drought-tolerant plantings when the rebate program began; the rebate will allow them to do a little more. (They'd also already installed "new irrigation controllers and sprinkler heads" in an attempt to scale back water usage.) "The project has the potential to save 20-25 per cent of water annually which is extremely critical to our club," says the club's president. It's likely to have an impact on everyone else, too. The average US golf course uses 312,000 gallons of water a day. Glendora is the first golf club to take advantage of the MWD rebate program.
· US$2.2 million rebate from turf reduction at Los Angeles-area club [GCA]
· 5 Things That Use as Much Water as the Downtown Waterslide [Curbed LA]