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High Temperatures Taking Toll On Golf Courses

Last updated on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

(GRANGER, IN) - Prolonged periods of high temperatures and humidity have made life uncomfortable for golfers and golf courses statewide.

Juday Creek Golf Course owner Linda Rogers says it places a huge burden on her irrigation system in Granger, Indiana.

She notes that the humidity adds to the challenge because it increases the chances for weeds and diseases.

Rogers says that course superintendents are addressing the issue with a variety of management practices to make sure turf grass survives.

They hand water the greens and use hoses throughout the day.

Other practices that superintendents are implementing to manage golf courses include not cutting grass as short; alternating daily practices of mowing and rolling greens, and adjusting golf car traffic to minimize stress to turf.

Rogers adds the hot, humid weather affects tee times more so than the number of players.

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