SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Siouxland is currently half an inch below its July average, according to the drought monitor. This has resulted in local golf courses changing the way they manage their greens.
For golfers like Kip Axthlem, making sure the grass is in good condition is critical to his game.
“I like it plush, green, you know, when it gets dry, your ball can roll, you know, 50 yards to a place you probably don’t want, so I like the plush better,” said Kip Axthlem, a regular golfer in Green Valley.
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Currently, Siouxland has had about 12 inches of rain year round. The average rainfall through July is about 16 inches of rain.
“When you hit on dry grass it’s basically like dirt, and it’s hard to get under the ball and get it to do what you want. It’s already hard enough for me to get what I want, but the plush makes it easier to swing and has a better feel, ”said Axthlem.
Green Valley Golf Director Scott Harmelink said they are taking additional steps.
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“June and July were just exceptionally dry, so we basically doubled the watering time on the greens out here in June and July and our watering system starts every night, seven days a week, between June and July at 9 p.m. and it gets to 8 In the morning so we have the sprinklers on for almost half of the day, ”said Harmelink.
“They do a really good job down here, the greenskeeper and the course crew do a great job. It’s pretty good green for most of the year and despite this drought, they’ve stayed on a pretty good course, ”said Axthlem.
Green Valley Golf Course as 825 sprinkler heads that dispense 40 gallons of water per minute. In one day, the golf course is irrigated with around 330,000 gallons of water.