Sacramento Region Forms Golf Industry Water Task Force
Feb. 18, 2014
One of Northern California’s biggest regions has taken another step to address golf’s biggest dilemma—water.
Last Friday, a new Sacramento Golf Industry Water Conservation Taskforce was created following a meeting in Folsom which featured golf industry representatives from the region, including superintendents, professionals, general managers, owners and irrigation industry experts.
The objective of the taskforce, which will parallel similar groups that already exist in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Coachella Valley, will be to establish communication lines between golf courses and regional water agencies.
“This taskforce is an allied golf group effort and we feel that we can make a difference in conservation efforts in the Sacramento/Sierra region,” said Jeff Jensen, Southwest Regional Representative for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. “The establishment of the Sacramento Golf Industry Water Conservation Task Force will allow us to work with pertinent water districts and providers in the Sacramento/Sierra region to establish best practices and policies in regards to water conservation. Additionally, we will be able to share with them protocols that have proved successful in the Coachella Valley, Los Angeles and San Diego areas.”
The taskforce will be headed by Granite Bay Golf Club superintendent Matt Dillon and Winchester Country Club superintendent Jeremy Payne. California Golf Course Owners executive director Marc Connerly will serve as spokesperson for the group. The committee is also comprised of several PGA professionals and other superintendents from the region.
The drought has left Folsom Lake so dry that a former gold rush town that had been submerged under the lake “resurfaced” in January.
A localized Golf Industry Water Conservation Task Force was first formed in Los Angeles in 2009 following an Emergency Water Conservation Ordinance passed by the L.A. Department of Water and Power (LADPW). The ordinance mandated that courses be irrigated on Mondays and Thursdays only.
On the heels of the L.A. task force formation, San Diego started its own task force in early 2012. The Coachella Valley Golf Industry Water Conservation Task Force was next, forming in late 2012.