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Golf greens not up to par after hot summer

Posted September 7, 2010

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— Many golf courses around the Triangle aren't looking so green these days. Excessive heat and humidity during the summer months has taken its toll on the greens.

The Raleigh Golf Association (RGA) is among the golf courses with dying grass.

“This is by far the worst summer that we've had,” RGA Superintendent Nick Lentz said. “We had a wet spring, and then in June it turned hot, like hot that you would get in August. It got hot and it stayed hot.”

Golfers say RGA is doing better than most courses, having lost the grass on only four of 27 greens.

“On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being as bad as it can get, probably about an eight,” golfer Billie Angle said of the greens at RGA.

Bentgrass, considered the best putting surface, has suffered the most. Bentgrass thrives in cooler temperatures and can easily dry out during high temperatures.

“It’s not only RGA, but it's also the other golf courses that we play in this area. It’s just been a tough, tough summer for greens,” golfer Horace Graham said.

With nearly 600 courses North Carolina, golf is one of the biggest industries in the state. According to a 2007 study by research institute SRI International, golf contributes more than $5 billion to the state's economy every year, and is responsible for 70,000 jobs.

To keep up business as usual, golf course superintendents are doing whatever they can to keep the greens green and the fairways full.

“Everybody’s just trying to ride the summer out. Get through the heat and try to re-seed or re-sod the grass that they have lost and kind of move on,” Lentz said.

RGA has establishing temporary greens on its four holes without grass. So golfers can still play the course if they don't mind the minor inconvenience.


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  • mcmastin1 Sep 9, 2010

    I played out at EagleRidge the other day and it was in fantastic shape. The greens were very smooth and fast. The fairways were in great shape along with the tee boxes. The rough is thick. Overall, after playing multiple courses in the area EagleRidge is by far in the best shape.

  • dwarner3 Sep 8, 2010

    Actually, the Reedy Creek Golf Course, fairways and greens, is in excellent shape all 18 and the price is right anytime

  • cgpvnp Sep 8, 2010

    Green Hill CC down in Louisburg converted to Bermuda a couple of summers ago because of this. Greens are great right now, and you can't beat the price. Only 9 holes, but you can play all day for $20-25 including cart during the week. Classic old course built in 1927. Give them a call at 919-496-3236. No tee times needed.

  • matt27 Sep 8, 2010

    Green Hill Country Club in Louisburg has the best greens I have played. They are champion bermuda and it only cost $20.00 to play!

  • Mid-Rd Sep 8, 2010

    Chapel Ridge in Pittsboro is great right now. Rolling a little slower than normal, but true. No burned out greens anywhere!

    Finley in Chapel Hill looks great on drive by, but haven't played. Any report on it?

  • ncmickey Sep 8, 2010

    If I had a job.....

  • awr117 Sep 8, 2010

    My putting hasn't gotten any better this year haha

  • bobbyj Sep 8, 2010

    Hyland Hills just changed out the greens to bermuda. Runs fast right now. Heritage in Wake Forest is doing pretty good considering the other courses in the area.

  • sniperdiver Sep 8, 2010

    Hyland Hills GC in Southern Pines, NC is a excellent course and in good condition. Greens are excellent. They had some Tee Boxes that burnt out due to the watering system breaking down, but they are almost back up to par. $30.00 a round w/ cart is an excelent choice. They have some great rates for an overnight stay if your from out of town and want to stay for a second round.

  • D1nationalchamps Sep 8, 2010

    Occoneechee in Hillsborough is in great shape as are Umstead Pines, Lakeshore and Hillandale in Durham. No temporaries at any of these and they're affordable, too. And they all would appreciate your business after a long hot summer.