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Angel Park & Legacy Remove Turf to Lower Water Usage


OB Sports Golf Management, the operator of Angel Park and the Legacy Golf Clubs in Las Vegas, recently completed an ambitious turf-removal project intended to limit the amount of out-of-play turf at these golf facilities. The project was conducted in conjunction with the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). Approximately 70 acres of turf were removed at Angel Park, a nearly 28 percent reduction of turf overall at the 36-hole facility, while 50 acres were removed at Legacy.

"Despite public perception, golf courses are very efficient users of water," said Phil Green, president of OB Sports. "We have computerized irrigation systems; well-schooled agronomists and superintendents on staff; sophisticated weather monitoring systems that help us efficiently manage water consumption; and a number of years ago we converted from potable water to effluent. Although that's a great start, we are still looking for ways to conserve water and this project is certainly helping us accomplish that goal."

Green explained that Angel Park and Legacy were built in the late 1980's when water was less of a critical issue in Clark County, yet OB Sports has always been extremely conscious with efficient irrigation practices. Now with Southern Nevada in a drought, replacing the turf with desert/xeriscape landscaping is the responsible thing to do.

Roughly 70 acres of turf were removed from Angel Park's two courses and nearly 50 from the 18-hole golf course at the Legacy Golf Club. Since the turf was removed from out-of-play areas, all the courses remained open to public play during the process.

"The new 'Southwest Desert' look has received rave reviews by the golfers," said Bill Rohret, director of maintenance at Angel Park Golf Club. "Some of the regulars have literally stopped me out on the golf course to compliment our work. But not only does it look great, we estimate that we will conserve somewhere around 80 million gallons of water per year."

In the end, the project will improve several aspects of play, including making the courses more visually appealing and appearing like a modern redesign. Although there is less turf, the removal focuses on out-of-play areas where average golfers don't hit anyway. Time spent to play a round should decrease as golf balls will be easier to find in a desert environment than in long rough. Plus, in some areas the turf was removed and sloping mounds were formed in place of the turf to allow errant shots to bounce or roll back onto the playing surface.

Angel Park Golf Club is a 36-hole facility in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas. Its Mountain Course and Palm Course were both designed by Arnold Palmer. The club also has the 12-hole Cloud Nine Short Course as well as the world’s first natural-grass putting course and an expansive practice area - all lighted for evening play. For more information about Angel Park Golf Club, call 702/254-4653 or visit www.angelpark.com.      

The Legacy Golf Club stretches 7,233 yards from the tips and is located 10 minutes from McCarran International Airport. Its 10th hole may be the most recognizable in Las Vegas, with tee boxes in the shape of a spade, club, diamond and heart. The rest of the course is memorable as well, especially the "Devil’s Triangle" - holes 11, 12 and 13, which is crisscrossed with desert canyons and lava outcroppings. For tee times or more information, call 702/897-2187 or visit www.thelegacygc.com.