The recent storms have impacted the golf course to a significant degree. It has rained 8 of the last 11 days. Yesterday it rained over 5 inches at the club. We have had 7 inches of rain for the month. This is double the normal April rainfall amount. Below are a few photos of the damage and the impact of the storms.
No two years are ever the same in managing the playing conditions of a golf course. Weather conditions are the most impacting influence on the golf course here at NCC. We have no control over the weather. We do adjust to the varying and extreme conditions to protect the turf and prepare it for as high a quality as possible for the membership.
Last March and April we already had 80 degree days, very dry and windy. The staff was having to hand water areas on the turf to prevent wilting.
Temperatures in March of 2012
Wilting turf in March
Staff watering dry spots in fairways in April of 2012
Staff syringing greens in the hot temperatures of April 2012
#4 white fairway is flooded
Trees have fallen
Red #8 fairway is flooded from the canal
Bunkers slopes have washed
The staff is removing standing water from the fairways