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Golf Courses: Let Them Go To The Dogs

Xeric landscapes aren't always the most inviting for afternoon siestas or for dogs, which has made communal green spaces all the more important and popular. This case study of the University of New Mexico's North Golf Course looks at how to turn a golf course into a multi-use facility and get more use out of the West's most precious resource---water!

Bernalillo County and UNM began a partnership to upgrade the golf course, improve the 2-mile perimeter trail, and create an open space for golfers, walkers, runners, and even dogs. The partnership has established UNM's North Golf Course as the most popular open space facility in the County and has shown a one-third reduction in water use each year.