Golf Course Conditions Turning Around After Heavy Rains

After such a dry winter, golf courses have had a rough start to the season.

Brown and dead grass changes gameplay and isn't pleasing to look at.

After heavy rains over the weekend though, things are turning around.

Zac Summers and his friends hit the links for a game of golf Tuesday. Summers says the dry and dead grass has made things difficult so far this year. “My score was a little higher than I wanted it to be, but everything bounces a little bit more. You don't get stuck in the mud or anything, so interesting lies," he said.

However, after the weekend's heavy rains, courses in the area are getting a lot greener.

There are still many patches of grass though, that havent quite made it back yet.

Brook Bench, the director of the Parks and Recreation Department in Omaha says as the weather warms up, things will return to normal.

Right now, the city is compensating by overseeding, but it is still waiting for a solid warmup in the weather to turn on the irrigation systems.

“Well it's our plumbing issues, because if we freeze all of our back flows, then our irrigation is busted, then we can't turn anything on," says Bench.

Still, with the green we're already seeing, Summers and his friends were already noticing the difference.

“A lot better today. The greens are a little faster. I just hooked myself up with a new driver so I'm hitting a little better. I'm having fun," Summer said.

Many golf courses are reporting that in addition to lack of water, ryegrasses have had difficulty surviving the long exposure to cold temperatures this year.


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