Maderas and the Drought: Four Ways We’re Being Water Wise


As California moves into a fourth year of severe drought, unprecedented government mandates and restrictions are taking effect to deal with the state’s water shortage.

Maderas Golf Club has taken measures to restrict its use and continues to coordinate with local agencies and authorities to address the situation as it evolves.

“Our position on water is that we want to work with the City of Poway and the San Diego Water Authority to be the very best stewards during this drought for the golf course and the community,” Maderas General Manager Michael Flickinger says.

Some conservation efforts at Maderas you may notice, while others you may not. What follows is a list of some of the ways Maderas is adjusting its water usage:

1. Water in the restaurant is by request only.

2. Melt water from cart coolers is being repurposed to irrigate plants.

3. Watering of driving range has been restricted to tee boxes and targets.

4. Overall watering of the course has been made more efficient through maintenance and upgrades to the irrigation system and practices such as targeted watering. Technologies are being pursued to make the system even more efficient in its hydration of turf and the ability to control water application and eliminate excess.

Referring to the turf-reduction programs some Southern California courses are undertaking, Maderas Director of Agronomy Patrick Reilly noted Maderas’ irrigated acreage is actually quite small compared its overall size.

“We irrigate about 88 acres and our property is 188,” he said. “We have a lot of native areas and non-turf. Many other golf courses have much larger footprints and have excess areas they can eliminate.”

To that end, Flickinger says that Maderas was designed to be sustainable under the current conditions.

He says, “Our course was designed with conservation and water use in mind back when it was constructed in 1998-99, and that’s why it has a tight footprint.”

The Maderas blog will keep you posted about further developments as the situation unfolds, but we appreciate your understanding and support of our efforts to maintain the Maderas golf experience you’ve come to know and expect under the existing climate scenario.

Questions about Maderas’ water conservation efforts can be directed to Maderas Director of Agronomy Patrick Reilly at