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Newport News golf course going 'green'

Monday - 8/20/2012, 7:11am  ET

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A Newport News golf course is undergoing an environmentally friendly makeover.

The Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run plans to significantly reduce the amount of grass on its 18-hole Cardinal Course. The Daily Press reports taxpayers are funding the $4 million makeover.

Golf architect Timothy Liddy says the rough along the edges of the fairways will be replaced by native plants and grasses, pine trees and sandy soil. Pine needles will keep grass near the fairways from growing too tall. And fairways will be widened to take the place of some of the current rough.

Liddy and city officials say more environmentally friendly maintenance methods will save roughly $50,000 per year in equipment and maintenance costs.

Work will begin late this fall and take a year to complete.


Information from: Daily Press,

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