Pelican Hill Golf Club: as ‘green’ as any course in the country

Long before the current drought, Pelican Hill Golf Club developed one of the most sophisticated water conservation systems of any golf course in the nation.

When the current California drought grew serious, National Public Radio, CNBC and other media outlets searched the state to find its most water-conscious golf course. They all featured Pelican Hill Golf Club.

One of the most sophisticated water conservation systems has been developed for the two 18-hole, Tom Fazio-designed golf courses on the Newport Coast. Here are some of its features:

The courses only use recycled water.

In 2007, Pelican Hill installed the five underground cisterns that can hold 1.2 million gallons of rainwater and runoff. Water captured in the cisterns is recycled and used to irrigate the golf courses and landscape.

Two irrigation lakes can hold an additional 5.4 million gallons of rainwater and runoff, which can be pumped in from the cisterns and then used to irrigate the golf courses and landscape.

—June 2015

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