Listening to some environmentalists, you'd think golf courses are the work of the devil. How they're developed, the animals they could displace and their upkeep -- it's all offensive.
The drumbeat against golf courses has grown louder this summer with a deep drought in California -- and throughout much of the west -- forcing governments to reflect on the future of water use.
On Friday, Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle said that future can and should include golf courses. Speaking at the "Business of Water" conference in Las Vegas, Castle explained several myths about water use that are in getting in the way of incremental progress toward intergovernmental agreements on water use, including that cities and private businesses should be using water on golf courses, according to the Associated Press.
"Myths can be dangerous. They allow us to slip into complacency," she said. "We're all in this together."
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With the Lake Mead reservoir at just one-third capacity, it's hard -- even for golfers -- not to wonder if water could be better used elsewhere, particularly in desert environments. If Los Angeles Country Club does agree to host the 2023 U.S. Open, the USGA and club may have to acknowledge the drought conditions in their agreement, as well with the public. Then again, if the drought rolls into 2023, we might be speaking in nine years very differently about Los Angeles.