Follow Up: Sustainable Las Vegas Golf Courses
By bkuehn1952 on 4/27/11
Brian"bkuehn1952" Kuehn was inspired by the discussion of how much water is needed to keep Las Vegas’ desert courses green. He is one of three remaining Republicans living in Ann Arbor. He is not a serious tree-hugger. No offense was intended toward any country, religion, political party, region, organization, sect, football conference, splinter group or person, living or dead (except maybe Sarah Palin).
Mr. Berndt Irth is a man with a dream and the money to pursue it. Having been responsible for the construction of the Great Lakes Drain System, which made the irrigation of the Mojave Desert possible, Mr. Irth has his eyes on an even larger project for 2015. Brian had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Irth recently while he was waiting for his personal 767 to be serviced.
BK: Mr. Irth, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to discuss your latest project.
BI: Please, call me Berndt.
BK: Okay, Berndt. What was your inspiration for the Mount McKinley Golf Club?
BI: Frankly, after draining the Great Lakes I was looking for a new challenge … something that would leave my permanent mark on this Earth.
BK: Some would say that turning the Great Lakes into a reservoir for Palm Springs and Phoenix had already left a pretty large mark on the Earth.
BI: Bunch of whiners and naysayers. If we can build it, then full speed ahead is my motto. But then we are not here to discuss past accomplishments, let’s talk about MMGC. Golf courses have been built in deserts, flood plains and on top of toxic waste dumps. Hell, they are even building a floating course out there in the Maldives. However, while we have so-called “mountain” courses, we never have truly had a mountain top course. Naturally, once we started looking there were only a few sites we were really interested in: Everest, The Matterhorn, Kilimanjaro, etc... Finally, we decided to put the USA first and Mount McKinley, being the tallest peak in the USA, was perfect.
BK: Tell us about some of the construction details.
BI: Well, my people tell me we are going to move a little earth. See, the top of McKinley is kind of pointed so first thing we are going to do is flatten that baby out. Not enough to make McKinley #2 in elevation – we are still going be #1. But my architect tells me golf carts start having problems once the grade exceeds 20 degrees. So we are going to give that ole mountain a flattop haircut!
BK: Isn’t most of the mountain rock?
BI: Not a problem. We bought a large part of Iowa and plan to excavate and remove all the topsoil there and transport it to Alaska. The hole we create in Iowa will be used to bury some of the debris from our failed Three Mile Island Amusement Park project. A “win win” situation if I ever saw one.
BK: How did you get the permits to go forward with this work?
BI: First of all, this is Alaska, baby. Just about anything goes up there. Certainly, President Palin was a big help. Finally, hiring Halliburton as the project manager seemed to really put this on the fast track.
BK: What is the projected greens fee going to be?
BI: Well, we haven’t decided whether to include the cost of the supplemental oxygen in the rate or not. Some golfers are pretty traditional: no power carts, no range finders, no oxygen. But we figure something around $5,700 for 18 should cover our expenses. True, this may put us out of the running for a few players on a budget but I know most true golfers will want to be able to tell all their friends about their MMGC experience.
BK: I see your jet is gassed-up and ready. Thank you for this opportunity to chat.
BI: Not a problem. Hope to see you at MMGC real soon.
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This interview was conducted by Brian Kuehn, a reader/follower/fellow oober and the opinions are 100% his and do not necessarily reflect those of oobgolf in anyway. Enjoy! I'm sure he's ready for your feedback.
[ comments ]
i just read about this golf course in bullsh*t weekly i cant wait for this course to open! Screw Pebble Beach! MMGC here i come!
oh i c wat u did there. well done. :) +2
Bryan K says:
Whoah...should this be a -1 and -2? This is, after all, a golf website....
Even Par! :)
-10000 No Politics whatever happened to that.
Also St. Patrick says golf is good.
Only read a small bit......lame
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