Pasatiempo Golf Club

Santa Cruz, Calif.


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Pasatiempo, a classic Alister MacKenzie design in beautiful Santa Cruz, California, struck a 30-year deal with the Scotts Valley Water District to use 35 million gallons of recycled water per year. Superintendent Justin Mandon and his team provide updates on the infastructure project here

"This is the biggest home run (the city and water district) have ever hit," Mandon said. "They don't do anything different. We just pull the water before it goes into the ocean and hand them the money."

Over the years, Pasatiempo has used several approaches to control the weeds and overgrowth in the canyons and barancas. None of them were as successful or environmentally friendly as deploying 175 goats on-course. It was a green solution that provided great benefits, such as less noise and no use of chemical sprays. 

Pasatiempo is one of many golf courses in California to eliminate turf in out of play areas to reduce water use. In 2007, Pasatiempo maintained 95 irrigated acres. Just two years later, the city of Santa Cruz announced a mandatory 28 percent water cutback. The club quickly realized a water reduction of that scope was not sufficient to adequately irrigate all areas of the course.

The golf course reduced to 70 irrigated acres and saved $369,000 in 2009, $320,000 in 2010 and $300,000 in 2011.

Pasatiempo is certified by Audubon International.

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