Area golf courses enduring extremely dry spring
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Our dry weather continues in central Nebraska and some of the most impacted businesses are golf courses.
Lochland Country Club in north Hastings played host to the Hastings College Open on Monday and Tuesday, and unlike years past where the course is primarily greened up by mid-April, it’s anything but in 2022. In fact, it’s been so warm and dry this year, Lochland CC Course Superintendent Ryan Reifert said he had to do something he’s rarely done.
”We had to haul water to all the greens (in the winter),” Reifert said. “That’s something I’ve only done probably twice in the 25 years I’ve been doing this, so that’s a little out of the norm for us.”
Watering the course in months like January and February seems like it would have had the grounds crew on the up-and-up, but Reifert says it has still come with some headaches.
”You know, just because of the drought, there’s been a lot more irrigation repairs because we’re turning sprinklers on earlier than we probably should, so when they have ice in them it does create some problems,” Reifert said. “We’re just trying - all of us superintendents - are just trying to get things greened up to make our clients happy, so it’s just been really tough.”
Although we’re now in spring where weather seems like it should lend more of a helping hand, Reifert says his team’s battle against the dry conditions may just be getting started.
”We’re still not out of the woods yet,” he said. “A lot of the stuff you’re seeing on the golf course that isn’t green might come, but some might not. We’re not sure, but we need to get this soil warmed up so we can see where we’re at. I think all of us have plans where we’re probably going to have to do some seeding.”
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