The golf industry has long been an innovating leader in sustainability, pioneering nationally recognized best practices for wise water management decades ago. Superintendents, general managers, course owners, industry partners, and others have worked tirelessly to become stewards of Arizona’s water supply. As a result, the golf industry modestly accounts for just two percent of the state’s overall total water use while at the same time producing more than $4.6 billion in economic activity.
Local golf industry works collaboratively with local regulatory agencies, including the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), currently drafting the 5th Management Plan to determine water allocation limits, effective January 1, 2025. Bringing unity to the golf industry’s diverse voices, the Arizona Alliance for Golf strives to achieve a win-win outcome, allowing golf to continue to be economically viable, while also helping the ADWR meet its statutory conservation goal.
Water continues to be one of the most complicated – and political – policy issues in the state of Arizona. AAG’s efforts are intended to position the game of golf as a trusted leading voice on policy conversations in the years to come.