Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Designed to a Tee

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Designed to a Tee

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Six years ago, Dinuba, a central-California town with a population of about 20,000 located about 30 miles south of Fresno, was looking for a solution to the excess accumulation of water from the processing of wastewater.

"Our community leaders came up with an innovative redevelopment solution to get rid of treated wastewater by building a golf course that can soak up two million gallons per day," explains city manager J. Edward Todd. "Not only did we solve our wastewater issues, we now have an impressive golf facility and a central location for the Dinuba residents to gather."

Ridge Creek Golf Club, owned by the city of Dinuba and managed by Kern perSports, features an 18-hole linked-style course reminiscent of European heathland courses like Scotland's St. Andrews. Since opening in summer of 2008, the $28 million project now draws golfers from the 50-mile radius around Dinuba and helps to drive municipal growth.

Not only a successful golf course, the clubhouse has become a draw in and of itself, serving as a central meeting area for members of the community - something that residents of Dinuba didn't have before. …

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