Golf courses deal with extreme heat
Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:53:01 GMT —
So far this month 22 days out of the 27 have had temperatures 90 degrees and higher.
As the temperatures continue to soar, the blazing sun has baked much of the area and taken its toll on mid Missouri especially local golf courses.
The hot summer sun doesn't just target golfers, it's also shining down on the courses.
"A lot of watering, extra water on trees, shrubs and just turf grass in general," Meadow Lake Acres Country Club golf and services director Richard Custard said.
Golf courses like the ones at Jefferson City Country Club and Meadow Lake Acres Country Club stay green thanks to lots of hand watering and sprinkler systems.
"It's a strenuous intense labor to keep things going," Jefferson City Country Club superintendent Monte Rowden said. "Aesthetically it looks bad and from our standpoint it's hard for us to maintain the grass when the golfers are out there playing."
Custard said the heat has hurt their business more than the grass.
"Play is way down," custard said. "I would say it's probably cut play down at least 50%."
Custard said during the afternoons when it's the hottest the course is pretty much empty.
"During the afternoon you can pretty much have the place to yourself," Custard said.
Officials at Jefferson City's Country Club said the same.
"Our golfers are coming out earlier in the morning and trying to get out of the heat before the heat of the afternoon gets here and then they come out in the evenings and play also," Jefferson City Country Club superintendent Tim Kauffman said.
Kauffman thinks even though it's hard, hot work its worth it.
"That's part of the job we sign up for and we try to give our guys a break, let them have a day off or let them come in late or something so they have some relief," Kauffman said.
While it's unclear how much water meadow lake acres uses in a day, Custard said it's still cheaper than buying gas to cut the lawn.
Both golf courses are open, clouds or shine, even if it is 100 degrees.