Soggy golf courses frustrating for owners

ADRIAN, MI (WLNS) – Owners of some mid-Michigan golf courses are frustrated. Despite the nice weather Tuesday, the rest of the summer has just been too wet. Due to the ground being wet, golf courses have had to deal with a lot of flooding. Some even had to close down for a couple days and that’s not good for business.

These courses just have to take a day by day approach. They start early in the morning to make sure the course is ready for the day and they may do anything from rope off areas to close the entire course, depending on how bad the flooding might be.

For mid-Michigan golf courses this has been a difficult start to the summer.

The most recent data from the National Weather Service shows that June had more rain than normal and all that rain means soggy golf courses and it’s not good for business.

“We have two holes that run along the river and the river has flooded several times and so we have been shut down this year more than any other year that I can remember,” said Terry Yeutter, Wolf Creek Golf Club.

The Wolf Creek Golf Club in Adrian has already had to shut down 12 times this season while the Ella Sharp Park Golf Course in Jackson seems to be fairing a little better.

“We’ve had puddles and there’s still a couple out there we’ve still got a few ropes out and I’m keeping them in my cart because usually right when I put them away I have to put them right back out there again,” said Tom McVey, superintendent, Ella Sharp Park Golf Course.

But conditions at both courses are steadily improving.

They are hoping for a dry remainder of the season.

“We have a lot of clay on our course so when we do get rain it tends to stay so that’s been a problem this year but overall we’re starting to rebound now and things are going pretty well,” said Terry Yeutter, Wolf Creek Golf Club.

After looking at our StormTracker 6 forecast it looks like the next significant chance of rain will be Saturday.

That will surely be a welcome site for these courses.

I know they’re looking forward to their grounds drying out completely.

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