An unfamiliar site on San Antonio golf courses
SAN ANTONIO – The golf courses in the Alamo City should be a little greener this morning.
Apparently, all I have to do is play golf in San Antonio, and it rains. I was here in July, in the midst of this terrible drought that has ravaged Texas for the past nine months, and I nearly got struck by lightning at La Cantera Resort during a rogue thunderstorm.
Saturday was the second consecutive day it rained in San Antonio. Yesterday, 1.12 inches of rain was recorded at the San Antonio airport, and it came down hard enough to chase us off the golf course at Northern Hills Golf Club. And boy, did Northern Hills, as do most the courses in the state, need the rain.
Northern Hills’ Mini-verde greens looked great, but with Stage 2 water restrictions in effect, courses that don’t use reclaimed or gray water can go weeks without watering fairways. Of course, in the larger picture, golf fairways might seem to be the least of society’s worries, but golf is a business that affects people’s livelihoods just like anything else. It’s a difficult time to run a golf course in Texas, to say the least.
Fortunately, cooler weather should be here soon, and at least the water that does find the course won’t evaporate as soon as it falls. There’s little rain forecast for the next week, but instead of triple digits, temperatures are expected to top out around 90.
Unfortunately, we’ve been told that we’re in a La Nina period, which means the dry spell could continue well into next year.
Of course, a year from now, we could be talking about too much rain, costing golf operators revenue from lost rounds. But I doubt it. San Antonio could use a lot more days like yesterday.
|« Thinking golf in Asia? Think Thailand||Golf at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando is way better than good »|