Hitting the Green

The rain in Spain turns golf greens brown. In the last year, national reservoir levels have dropped to 52.4% of capacity, indicating severe drought. As a result, local governments have had no choice but to announce water-saving measures; prohibiting golf superintendents from giving grasses a good soaking with drinking water is one of them. However, rationing doesn't cause the slightest bit of trouble for the Quijorna Golf Club, located 40 km outside Madrid. Here only rainwater is used to keep the 18-hole course green. And if nature doesn't cooperate in irrigating Spain's first ecological golf course, then let it be brown,...

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