Golf courses subpar due to weather

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – According to the City of Dayton, July golf course rounds were down about 2,000 rounds compared to last year.  However, it really wasn’t due to the temperatures, but rather the rain.

The season started off slowly with the rough winter then returned to normal for the spring.  While we did have some warm and muggy days, the community golf club usually sees an increase in cart and beverage sales.

The rain especially during the morning and afternoon  has been the biggest challenge.  Many golfers will stay off the course if there’s a high percentage of rainfall in the forecast. There’s one good thing about all of the rain.  The green is well green.

Chad Walther with Community Golf Club says, “The course is in fantastic shape.  Normally this time of year golf courses will have some brown where your irrigation doesn’t reach because you have to water quite a bit.  This year as far as using our irrigation has been few and far between.  Last two weeks was the first time we had to use them.”

Walther also said he estimates this is an average year where the playable days are down about 30 percent from last year.  He says last year was a great year for golf. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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