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Recent Rains Causing a Triple Bogey for Golfers

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At this time, last year, Forest Hills Golf Club operators were looking to the sky, dabbing their brows wondering when the heat would break and the rain would fall.

Now, they're dealing with the complete opposite end of the spectrum.


Sarah Mooney Forest Hills Golf Professional says, "We've seen a lot of rain. In the month of June alone we registered over 17 inches of water. This month about five inches, so it gets to a point where the course can no longer soak up the water and it gives tough conditions for the players."


Mother Nature is out powering the course's drainage systems. 


As you see here, the sand in the bunker is gone, and water replaces it, causing some parts of the course to be re-routed.


"We've had to change the way that the hole is played. Instead of a par 4, we've had to change it to a par 3. Eliminating that drive off of the tee because of conditions where the ball would be landing from the tee shot. We've created two new boxes where the city can play just because of the course conditions."


Augusta is the golf capital of the nation, but some say the rain in hindering their- game.


Anthony Scott Forest Hills member says, "Today I just figured I would hit some range balls because I didn't want to get on the course to put on rain gear and then try to use towels to keep everything dry. It's been a tough month for golf the last 30-40 days."


The continuous rain also puts a damper on course revenue.


Mooney says,"We are a semi-private golf course, we do have about 225 members but we operate mainly on public fees. Because of the rain and there's not a lot of public people, that definitely puts a damper."


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