Golf has been seen, up until recently, as an elite sport but now things are beginning to change. Golf courses are now making concerted efforts to make the game more and more accessible to those young and old, rich and poor.
What this means is that golf courses, certainly in the Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the UAE are being more heavily used than ever and with the very dry weather conditions here it is become more and more difficult to keep a golf course in top condition.
Admittedly the golf courses in this region of the Middle East (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Oman) are genreally pristine but little is seen of what goes on behind the scenes to keep them is such perfect shape. The answer is an army of groundsmen, agronomists and machinery at work 24hrs a day and great expense. Golf courses are business and they need to watch their costs so endless watering, especially in this arid part of the world is now looked on very unfavourably not to mention the cost involved with the irrigation systems and the actual water itself.
More and more golf course are looking at introducing areas of artificial grass to the course to be able to cope with the high traffic from the golfers and to reduce over maintenance and water costs. Of course it is possible to build a full golf course in synthetic turf but as an introduction golf courses are looking at the tee boxes and the greens and some areas of the fairways.