Sunny days have made a world of a difference on the golf course over
the past few weeks, and from a playability standpoint, the golf course
is now truly offering a challenge to all players-particularly when the
course is firm and fast. This is much different than most of the month
of June, when rainfall and gloomy days made the course soft and slow.
Funny how many people say and think that golf courses are easier to manage
when rainfall is plentiful. This could not be further from the truth.
Wet conditions due to excessive rainfall increase the need for labor
inputs such as repairing bunker washouts and mowing with greater
frequency. While occasional rainfall is welcome in relief of a long
extended dry spell, consistent rainfall on consecutive days only makes
us lose control of the playability of the golf course and at times
forces the dreaded cart path only ruling. Let us hope that our luck
holds with the weather and that summer-like conditions prevail for the
rest of the year.