Easley's golf club pumped water during drought http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_15980/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=o7V52v4H
OK, I'm sure that even 6 million gallons of creek water are not going to show up in the level of Jordan Lake, even during the drought, and at least the club was not using city water.
However, what ever happened to transparency? If this had been done in the open and the minimal effect on the lake documented, assuming it is minimal, we would not be reading about it in the freakin' AP news feed now.
More to the point, why cannot golf courses adapt to limited resources? There are certainly alternatives to heavily manicured grass that is not native to the area.
Pea gravel? Shredded paper from Republican emails?
Why not adapt to the climate you're in? Imagine the favorable press that would follow, not to mention reduced expenses, which might just lead to reduced membership fees.
And speaking of reduced fees, this matter of forgiving Easley's membership fee just smacks of naughtiness, and I suspect someone's gonna regret that decision, just as those peeps at NCSU did.