Golf: The Grass Is Greener

Artificial turf isn't just for Grandma's indoor patio. The green stuff's getting an image boost this September when it debuts on the world's first 18-hole all-turf golf course. But why go fake? Located in arid Mancos, Colo., owner Dan Bjorkman says it's out of necessity. Grass would've required 100 million gallons of water annually--the amount used in flushing the toilet 14 million times. Bjorkman pulls out a calculator to figure out how much water Colorado's 300 golf courses use each year. The number's too large for the screen. "Let's put it this way," he says. "It's a lot of freakin' water." The turf course requires less than 1 million gallons (a mere 142,857 flushes)--just enough to sprinkle the native grasses and wildflowers that frame the fairways. But while Bjorkman's the first to go all-turf, he's no radical. Real grass is slowly losing ground. East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta and Mosholu Golf Course in the Bronx, N.Y., both sport synthetic practice greens. Tiger Woods has a synthetic putting green in his yard and Arnold Palmer takes chip shots from artificial grass at his Bay Hill Club. The PGA Tour has even named TourTurf, the product Bjorkman's using, the "official synthetic golf turf." Looks like Bjorkman's par for the course.

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