Conservation Efforts

“Conservation is humanity caring for the future.”

– Nancy Newhall

Looking After Every Drop

Rainmakers is distinguished by its profound and genuine respect for the natural environment and the property’s indelible Native American history. With pioneering energy-saving construction, cutting-edge environmentally-friendly soil technology, and property-wide water conservation initiatives, the entire community is designed to make light footsteps on the natural world around us. Our hope is that by our example and experience, all communities will become as environmentally proactive and responsible. Highlights of the comprehensive program include:

Wildlife Habitat

The golf course at Rainmakers weaves through 135 acres set aside as a protected wildlife habitat and conservation area. Golfers and owners enjoy the opportunity to view sedentary and migratory fowl, elk, deer, and other native species – which are an abundant part of life on the course each and every day.
Additionally, Rainmakers has a Usage Agreement for 1280 acres currently set aside for owners and guests to enjoy for hiking and mountain bike riding.

Native Vegetation

The golf course and common landscape areas at Rainmakers have been painstakingly designed to address topographical and environmental issues. For example, to enhance the creative design of the Robert Trent Jones II championship course and provide a true championship golf experience, agronomic experts have carefully selected turf grasses.

By using New Mexico State-approved blends of fescue and native grasses around the border of each hole and a blue/rye grass mixture on the tees, fairways, roughs, and fringes of the golf course, we provide a consistently well-manicured playing surface – with extremely water-conscious values.

This championship course would not be complete without the pure putting surfaces provided by Penn Cross bent grass. Plant and tree materials consist of pinon, juniper, and ponderosa pines, along with varieties of softwoods that thrive in the lower areas of the property.

Additionally, to complement the natural environment, landscape architecture includes a wide variety of indigenous vegetation. Through this use of native plants, flowers and grasses, we ensure that the area surrounding the course supports the Southwestern ecosystem.

While we are blessed with a temperate climate, there’s no denying that Ruidoso is still in the arid Southwest. As such, Rainmakers has taken extraordinary measures to conserve natural resources.

On-site Weather Station

To ensure that water resources are continuously monitored, Rainmakers will rely on a technically-advanced weather station on the golf course, providing real time measurement of:

  •  Recent precipitation

  •  Air temperature

  •  Wind velocity

  •  Relative humidity

  •  Solar radiation levels

  •  Evap-transportation rate

These measurements are digitally processed and are used to ensure that plants and grasses are watered based on need rather than guesswork.

State-of-the-art Water Management

Our water management system includes the following 2 elements:

Smart Sprinkler Heads

Unlike traditional sprinkler systems, each of the sprinkler heads on the golf course is digitally tied to an on-site weather station that monitors rainfall, humidity, and atmospheric conditions, and reduces or suspends sprinkler activity based on locally falling precipitation. The arc and angle of each head is also independently controlled, placing the precise amount of water exactly where it needs to go. 

Pioneering Polymers

Rainmakers is perhaps the only golf course in the U.S. to have implemented an exciting new technology using polymers to keep the course green while reducing water usage. The polymers, which were infused in the top soil, swell with moisture, reducing the soil temperature at the roots of the grass by 10° to 12°F. Keeping the soil cool causes the plants to consume less water and stay green – even in the heat of summer. The polymers are 100% environmentally, human, and animal safe. The net effect of keeping the soil moist and healthy long after the water stops coming down is that Rainmakers reduces its annual water consumption on the course by an estimated 20%.

Residential Water Conservation

In addition to aggressive water management practices, residential areas conserve water using a variety of techniques:

Rootwater Irrigation

All plants use a highly efficient slow-drip rootwater watering system. Delivering water directly to the roots means that there is essentially no evaporative loss so that plants stay healthier and greener. 

Water Harvesting

All residences at Rainmakers include a rain catchment system. At The Pueblos Townhomes, the rainwater-harvesting program is designed to supply at least 25% of the water used for irrigation. The catchment system is a Best Management Practice and contributes to Rainmakers earning LEEDS certification, an important program established by the United States Green Building Council.