Use of sewage key for renovation of country club golf courses

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Renovations to the Corpus Christi Country Club golf course still have a few months to go, and the work requires daily watering to keep the grass growing.

But with the city under once-a-week watering restrictions, some people called the pro shop accusing the club of breaking the rules.

Turns out they’re not.

“Fortunately, we get all of our water from city effluent,” said the club‘s chief PGA golf professional, Brent Blackburn. “So there are no restrictions on effluent.”

Erin Hawkins of the city’s water department confirms this.

She described the effluent as “fully treated sewage discharged from a sewage treatment plant”.

Hawkins says the city provided 713,000 gallons of water a day for irrigation of all of the city’s golf courses, as well as the stands softball complex and Coastal Bend Veterans’ Cemetery.

Blackburn says the country club has a direct line for city sewage to a storage tank – and without it – current water restrictions would make it nearly impossible to even have a golf course green – let alone 3 million dollars in renovations. .

“We should water by hand,” he said. “And when you think about the length of a fairway, it would be very difficult to water that whole area by hand.”

Blackburn hope the eight-month project will be completed by October.

When the renovations are complete, he says the club will have a golf course it will be truly proud of, thanks in part to sewage treatment.

“We’re definitely not in the top 100 golf courses in the state,” Blackburn said. “But when we open, we will be. And for cities our size, it will be fantastic. We will be the cats meow.”

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