Golf game impacted by the drought


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The lack of rain has affected many different things. From the price of vegetables, to conserving water, everyone is feeling the effects. Delaware Park Golf Course is no exception.

Summer is the season for golfing. Usually golfers are praying the rain stays away so they can start swinging their clubs. This year, they’re hoping for the opposite.

One local golfer Gregory Todaro told News 4,”I’m hoping for the rain a little bit just to get the ground softened up.”

The greens, now turned into make shift Brillo Pads, have changed the way the golfers have to play. He suggested using a more European style to get the most out of your game.

He said, “You let the ball run up vs higher shots and playing more of a link style.”

Other golfers agreed, calling the game-impossible.

Cliff Tremblay said, “You can hit the ball in the middle of the fairway and normally you’d be in good shape and now it’s like hitting it off of concrete!”

Grounds crews are working tirelessly to fix the issue. They are at work by 6:30 in the morning in order to water and keep the greens as green as they come.

Executive Director of Buffalo Olmstead Parks, Stephanie Crockatt, told News 4,”Golf courses are usually green, right now ours is a nice shade of beige, besides the greens themselves.”

And because Delaware Park and many others around the area don’t have an irrigation system, they have started to use something a little bit nontraditional to keep up with watering…a firetruck and fire hydrants.

She said, “We’ve got to fill the truck every morning and then we go around and try and hand apply the water.”

With all the extra work watering, grounds crews have a lot on their plates. Luckily the mowing has been significantly decreased. What’s also decreased is some of their business.

Crockatt said, “We have seen the number of local and out of resident area passes dropped. So people aren’t playing as frequently on a routine basis.”

Golfers hope that before the end of the season the greens will have made a turnaround but with the upcoming forecast, it doesn’t look promising.

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