Pasatiempo is one of many golf courses in California to eliminate turf in out of play areas to reduce water use. In 2007, Pasatiempo maintained 95 irrigated acres. Just two years later, the city of Santa Cruz announced a mandatory 28 percent water cutback. The club quickly realized a water reduction of that scope was not sufficient to adequately irrigate all areas of the course.
The golf course reduced to 70 irrigated acres and saved $369,000 in 2009, $320,000 in 2010 and $300,000 in 2011.
Pasatiempo is certified by Audubon International.