MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – Currently, the Madison area is approximately 20 inches below the average rainfall received at this time in the season. Now the dry weather and high temperatures earlier this month are affecting a local golf course.
In addition to mini golf and a driving range, Vitense Golfland also has a par 3 course on the west side of Madison. General manager Ryan Ranguette said maintaining the course had been challenging due to a losing streak.
“This week was a little nicer for the weather and the growing grass,” he said. “But the last two weeks before that, of course with high temperatures and no rain, was quite a struggle. We actually went through and started building new irrigation heads for all of our greens to sort of manage the water there. “
In addition to the new irrigation heads, Ranguette also described measures such as hand watering of areas that become dry and the days of not cutting the greens in order to keep them alive in the heat. He said that since it is a par 3 they have no water for the entire course.
“We used some wetting agents and the like to really control water uptake, and we were sort of in survival mode,” he said. “But this week helped a little, the little rain we had, things come back and turn nice and green.”
Ranguette said in his seven years at Vitense he couldn’t remember such a dry spell, but he was looking forward to a busy summer and a return to normal.
“I think different challenges come up with each season and we just try to approach them as best we can and make sure we offer our customers a good product,” he said.
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