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Recession watch: Atlanta Athletic Club alters mowing pattern

February 26, 2009

Even elite country clubs are not immune to the effects of the recession. The prestigious Atlanta Athletic Club will no longer cut its fairways in a crisscross pattern in an attempt to save money, Bloomberg reports.

"Maintenance crews at Atlanta Athletic, where golfing legend Bobby Jones grew up playing the game, will soon start cutting the fairways in a back-and-forth pattern, instead of the more decorative crisscross. The adjustment will save about 100 gallons of diesel fuel a month, or about $2,300 a year, said Ken Mangum, the grounds superintendent.

"'You're looking at every little thing you can to save a dollar,' Mangum said."

-- John Strege