Gritty Gleneagles Golf Course

Gleneagles is a challenging golf course in San Fransisco that has been struggling with maintenance. This particular golf course has survived many economic issues and has maintained its excellent artificial grass. Many golfers believe that Gleneagles will turn back around. However, the latest increase in water rates has caused the course operator to consider closing the course.



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Gleneagles is a challenging golf course in San Fransisco that has been struggling with maintenance. This particular golf course has survived many economic issues and has maintained its excellent artificial grass. Many golfers believe that Gleneagles will turn back around. However, the latest increase in water rates has caused the course operator to consider closing the course.

Hsieh says that ever since the water bill increased by fifty percent, he has been reconsidering whether or not to keep the course going. He says "We deal with a lot out here, and we've tried to soldier on," he said. "But this water rate rise could be a deathblow." "We adopted a firm-and-fast style of play," says Hsieh.

"We use a lot less water than previous owners. We water a lot less in places where the ball should not be. A 'real' golf course would probably use twice as much." "It is a real working class: seniors, juniors, every rainbow in the city," Hsieh said. "We're probably at 1,500 rounds a month." Each round is $19.

A lot of golfers play, but the low cost makes it, so they barely break even. Hsieh says he can't raise fees without approval from City Hall, and upkeep on a 52-year-old facility is a slow loss. Gleneagles has a different financial setup than other local public courses. The operator rents the facility and is responsible for everything: maintenance, repairs, and pub.

Hsieh found that out the hard way in 2010 when an insect infestation killed the grass on all the greens. Tom Bastis donated roughly $140,000 to reinstall the nine holes with new artificial putting greens.

Hsieh doesn't expect the city to step up and make that kind of investment, but he would like to discuss an arrangement like what the Recreation and Park Department has at its other courses, like Harding Park, where the city chips in for general maintenance.

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It turns out water rates are still increasing. Replacing the whole golf course with artificial grass would solve the issue but would also be very costly. Luckily for homeowners, the water bill issue can be solved. Homeowners now have the option to replace their old lawn with elegant synthetic turf. Artificial grass never needs watering and seems even better than a real lawn. Global Syn-Turf offers many different products with a variety of innovative technologies to go along with them. Global Syn-Turf distributes to all states in the U.S and recommends professional installers to make sure your new lawn looks perfect. Tired of paying for high water bills and lawn maintenance? Look into some artificial grass!

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