The flooding has subsided in suburban Houston, Texas. The cleanup, however, is ongoing at numerous golf courses.
One of the hardest-hit areas in that region is along Cypress Creek, where nearly 16 inches of rainfall earlier this week was too much for the creek to take, creating major issues for golf course superintendents just about everywhere, GCM learned today.
"We're still closed," says Brandon Crumpler, GCSAA Class A suprintendent at Longwood GC. "We hope to open tomorrow. We got 11 inches (of rain) in two days. Most of the rain came north and west of us, and it was funneling down the creek toward us."
Four feet of silt in some spots has Crumpler agonizing over the fallout from the flood. "I'm almost tempted to bulldoze everything and re-sod it," he says.
This is the same part of the country that endured a drought at the same time last year.
Champions Golf Club opened today after being closed since July 10. Charles Joachim, CGCS, said it took a while to recover because the pushup greens were unplayable.
They hope to open tomorrow at BlackHorse GC (pictured above), where they received 14 inches of rain in less than 30 hours according to GCSAA Class A superintendent John Walker. "At our golf course, we get about 22 inches of rain the entire year. We almost got that this month," Walker says.
It's been quite a six-month period for Derrick Wells, superintendent member at Raveneaux CC. First he encountered blowouts on a pump and motor, and now this. Wells, who came to Raveneaux from Innisbrook Resort & GC in Florida in January, had been challenged by flooding rains before, but this is different.
Raveneaux is built on a flood plain.
"I've had courses that flooded out, but we were able to move the water off the course," says Wells, who expects the back nine of the course to reopen tomorrow. "It's just another curveball since I got here, but we'll keep digging through this."