Sierra Star goes green

The green fairways of the Sierra Star Golf Course are, at last, truly green. And purple.

This past week, the golf course completed a long-term project to use recycled water from the Mammoth Community Water District to irrigate the turf at the golf course.

Purple is the universal color identifying facilities that contain or are using recycled water. These purple pipes and sprinkler heads can now be seen at Sierra.

The original concept for the project dates back to 1991 when the Master Plan for the golf course, initially called Lodestar, was released. Because planning efforts for the golf course occurred during a multiple- year drought, water conservation was in the forefront of concerns regarding turf irrigation.

Approximately 74 million gallons a year of groundwater, previously used for golf course irrigation, is now available for the remaining long term municipal water supply needs of the community, said Daniel Hansen, spokesman for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, which owns the golf course.

The District has an additional 9,500 feet of purple pipe in place to deliver reclaimed water to Snowcreek Golf Course, and recently completed a 40-year agreement with Chadmar Development for use of recycled water at the Snowcreek Golf Course beginning in 2012.