Rainfall not an issue at some local golf courses

Springfield Country Club (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — The 2014 PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky was memorable, albeit slanted toward the wet weather. It’s a sentiment that can be echoed through the Miami Valley as well.

According to the Clark County EMA, annual rainfall in the county has been above average this year.

Chad Dorrell, Superintendent of the Springfield Country Club, tells us the grounds-crew tries to keep the course as dry as possible. He says the country club installed a state-of-the-art irrigation system nearly a decade ago, and it’s having more of an impact than just on the course.

“We’re sitting on one of the biggest aquifers in the country, but we really manage as though it’s a resource that someday we may not have at our discretion,” he said.

The irrigation system that was installed bumped the total number of in-ground water sprinklers from 600 to more than 1,000.

But according to Ken Johnson, Deputy Director for Clark County EMA, not all businesses are as fortunate as the Springfield Country Club. He tells us he hopes Miami Valley residents take action now by planning a kit.

“We definitely recommend to have a kit, a 72 hour kit, make a plan on where you’re going to go and how you’re going to get there.”

Ken says if you reach an area with standing water while in a vehicle–to not pass through it.

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