UTAH DROUGHT

Drought-resistant grass now at some Salt Lake City golf courses

Aug 30, 2023, 6:00 PM

Image of one of the golf courses in Salt Lake City, Utah, that has switched to more drought-resista...

Several golf courses in Salt Lake City have switched to more drought-resistant types of grass along portions of the courses. (Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities)

(Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities)

SALT LAKE CITY — Golfers at Bonneville, Rose Park, and Glendale courses may have noticed new drought-resistant grass if they hit out of bounds.

According to the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities, these three courses are participating in a test of sorts. Each of the courses now features drought-tolerant grasses in the out-of-bounds areas along holes. 

 

According to the department, Siberian and Snake River wheatgrasses are being used.

These new grasses require less maintenance and irrigation — thereby reducing water usage.  The Public Utilities Department said this could change the golf world without negatively affecting players.

Drought-resistant grass, historic moisture notwithstanding

The move to replace certain types of grass continues across Utah even though the amount of snowfall during the 2022-2023 winter season was record-setting. Utah Governor Spencer Cox noted the historic snowfall even as he asked Utahns to, again, pray for precipitation this year.

Other state officials also cautioned a hasty return to wasteful water practices after last year’s winter, including the Division of Water Resources and the Division of Wildlife Resources

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