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Drought keeps golfers happy, course management concerned

Published On: Jan 22 2014 08:06:26 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 22 2014 08:15:24 PM CST
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

The dry conditions have been miserable for many in the Northstate. Those who depend on the rainwater have been wondering when they will see the next droplet.

But for Northstate golfers it has been heaven on earth - or at least the course.

Clear skies and warmer temperatures have meant more rounds of golf according to Jeff Phelps, head golf pro at Wilcox Oaks Golf Club. The dry end to 2013 gave golfers an ability to avoid the normally wet conditions of winter.

Things are a little rougher for course management staff,  according to Phelps the grass has been drier and are some of the toughest conditions he has seen in many years.

"We're trying to irrigate the course as well as we can so we don't lose the grass that we do have,” Phelps said. “That's always an issue. We're currently digging a new well just to make sure that we have water to be able to provide out to the course."

Wilcox Oaks may be a private golf club but Phelps believes public courses are dealing with similar situations. He said courses that get their irrigation from public water might be hurting even more.

Several Northstate golf clubs said they are trying to anticipate what the bureau of reclamation will do with their water supply in this drought.