On August 28, 2017 Cactus & Pine GCSA held their second annual Water Summit at Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. The event was sponsored by Rain Bird and was attended by 88 Cactus & Pine GCSA members and guests. Among them were representatives from Arizona Women’s Golf Association, Club Managers Association of America, along with numerous policy makers including Arizona Department of Water Resources and Central Arizona Project.
The summit began with GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans speaking to the importance of golf course sustainability. An overview was provided at the summit of the golf industries Best Management Practices (BMP’s) in regards to water management.
Other speakers included golf course architect Gary Brawley of Gary Brawley Golf Design, Wesley Cook of Arizona Public Service, Chuck Cullom of Central Arizona Project, Jimmy Fox of Evergreen Turf, Bruce Hallin of Salt River Project, Kirk Hardin of Rain Bird, Jeff Jensen of GCSAA, Dave Kopec, Ph.D., of the University of Arizona and Jeff Tannler of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
“Water availability and cost are critical to the golf industry in the Southwest,” said Rory Van Poucke, Cactus & Pine GCSA president and general manager/Class A superintendent of Apache Sun Golf Club. “We need to communicate to our policymakers that golf uses only 1.9 percent of the total freshwater in the state, but contributes $3.9 billion to the state economy. This is a tremendous economic return on a minimal natural resource investment.”
“Golf is big business in Arizona,” said Cactus & Pine GCSA Executive Director Carmella Ruggiero. “Approximately 11.6 million rounds are played annually, the industry directly employs nearly 19,000 individuals and we contribute $72 million in state and local taxes. We have a terrific message to share and events like the Water Summit give us that opportunity.”
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