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With flush aquifer, Coachella Valley golf courses slow to conserve
With flush aquifer, Coachella Valley golf courses slow to conserve

At brunch on a recent Thursday, Sunny Butler nibbled at an omelet and considered playing a round later that afternoon. Part of the joy of living on the 18th hole of the Citrus Club in the Coachella Valley, Butler said, is the verdant green landscape just beyond the back door. "We consider it part of our yard," she said. And with membership dues and fees of about $1,500 a month — on top of the $30,000 initiation fee — she added, "You sort of feel like you're paying for the grounds and the greens, so if anybody starts to tamper with that — that's a problem." The Citrus is one of 123 courses in the Coachella Valley, the world-renowned resort...

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