Monday, July 7, 2008

Artificial 18 Hole Green at Rancho del Lago in Pima County, Arizona

Creating senior communities is big bucks. Although golf courses are great attractions for most private communities, with seniors theres the issue of decreased mobility, especially in the hot Arizona sun. This is one of the reasons why the Four Seasons Rancho del Lago created a 18 hole putting course.
They claim that its Arizonas largest putting green at 37,000-square-feet, I guess its gotta be in order to hold 18 holes! Now when I think of putting greens in Arizona I think of water, but Rancho del Lago doesn't have to because its all synthetic. From the article:

"The turf we chose is American made and the same surface as the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. I figured if it was good enough for Jerry Jones, it would work well for us."

"This turf saves nearly one million gallons of water a year compared to what is required to maintain an acre of grass in the desert. We save an astronomical amount of water, gas and oil. Artificial turf actually drains better than real grass. Our products work well in Tucson and have built-in UV protection that holds up well in the sun."

In addition to the Four Seasons putting green, the Rancho del Lago master plan includes an 18-hole golf course, nine lakes and the del Lago Golf Club.


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