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Waco Golf Course to be Model for Water Conservation Effort

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WACO - A water conservation project will put a Waco golf course under the national spotlight.

The city had already put restrictions on the amount of water Cottonwood Creek golf course can use from its well. This project could solve the course’s water needs while also serving as a model for other golf courses around the nation.

According to Cottonwood Creek superintendent J.D. Franz, the United States Golf Association funded a $70,000 project to identify areas for water conservation. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the City of Waco also collaborated in the project. It used GPS and GIS technology to determine areas where mowing and water usage could be reduced by planting native vegetation.

Another project would cut back on irrigation in areas not in play in the golf course, which may change the green appearance of it.

 David Mueck visits this golf course at least once a month. He said he is used to the golf course being in great shape.

 "When you drive right now is very green and lush,” said Mueck.

 Franz said this image may change later this fall when the water conservation project will be fully-implemented.

 "It is going to be something that is going to take people time to get used to,” said Franz.

 Nearly 10% of the tee area will be irrigated, but the 90% of the surrounding area will not be.

 The city paid $1,000 for materials to make the changes in one hole.

However, Franz said the project could save on water and upkeep costs in the long run.

"Water is becoming more expensive and more valuable,” said Franz.

"It is going to be more and more of a problem not just for municipal golf course, but for the private golf course and country clubs.”

 Mueck said this would not deter him from going to the course.

"[It] does not bother me. Water conservation is a big issue right now and there are other golf courses, if you play a desert course that is dry in certain areas and green in other areas,” said Mueck.

Golf course visitors may notice a difference after this fall; this is when the work on the other 17 holes will be completed.

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