It has been said, many times, many ways, that the rain in Spain falls mainly in the plains.
Okay, I believe it.
On the east coast of the good old United States, it has been emphatically shown in 2019 that there was no lack of precipitation.
I don’t believe it, I KNOW it.
Courses were closed more often than any year in recent history as in some areas of PenJerDel there were more than 110 days of rain in 2019. Some of those days meant courses were closed because of the monsoon which caused flooding, lakes moved into bunkers and soaked fairways.
The typical year sees 41 inches of rain in this area. With time left in the year, the area has received over 60 inches of rain thus far.
“No question that 2018 will be remembered as a year of poor weather,” explains Shore Gate Director of Golf Harry Bittner. “We were hit hard, but not as hard as what we’ve heard from courses located along streams. They’ve had flooding and washouts. We’ve been down about 9 percent in rounds played this year given solely to the weather.”
Oh, golfers will play in a drizzle, but unless they have access to a float couldn’t play some of the area’s courses.
“Of course, we’ve been hit hard by the weather,” said Ron Jaworski golf VP B.J. Jaworski, whose course Riverwinds is along the banks of the Delaware River but situated on land well above the river but still lost play days to water issues. Still the course was closed due to conditions on numerous occasions.
“Our rounds (at Jaworski courses) were down about 10 percent. A linked problem was the slowing of play due to the wet conditions.”
Water wasn’t the only thing hurting courses. The wetness brought grey hairs to superintendents as grass diseases were able to flourish with the wet conditions.
“We are in a consistent fight with the elements to maintain our wonderful golf course,” explained Damon Klepczynski, GM at the Bulle Rock Golf Club in Maryland and Neshaminy graduate. “There are courses in our area who have lost the majority of its fairways.
Rain, rain go away, please come back next year with less gusto is the cry of area golf course operators.