Drought Affects Knoxville Golf Courses

Knoxville (WVLT) - From farmers to landscapers, many different businesses have to work even harder because of the drought we're experiencing. We stopped by a Knoxville golf course to see how their greens and the golfers are doing in this dry-spell.

Mitch Smoot is hitting the greens of the Gettysvue golf course with his family Sunday.

"They're dry. Although, the course is in great conditions, all the fairways are in good shape, greens in great shape," he says.

These plush greens are the result of a lot of meticulous maintenance...

"They have to really go out and watch the course and look for brown spots and hand water the greens and really get a lot of hand watering done as opposed to just turning the sprinkler system on," Mike Robinson says.

Head Golf Professional Mike Robinson says this has been quite a challenging summer for Gettysvue green crews...

"It's definitely a lot more work just because of the fact that you don't have mother nature coming down everyday," Robinson continues.

But all that hard work pays off for the golfers...

"If you're in the fairway, it's not affected too much. I guess they're watering them pretty good, but the rough's pretty dry," Smoot says.

We've been in this drought for a long time now, but the dry grass isn't necessarily a bad thing for everybody.

"Dry conditions sometimes help the golf game because you know your ball's going to roll a little farther," Robinson says.

"The ball goes farther off the tee, so you're closer to the green...you're hitting a shorter iron, so it's a little bit easier," Smoot says.

Robinson says while the skies haven't exactly opened up on the course, they've been fortunate...

"It's been a little bit stressful, but it really hasn't been too bad, only because the spotty showers that we've been having--we've been lucky and we've had them here," Robinson continues.

And a spotty shower is better than none at all...to keep the Gettysvue greens the greenest...

"You need to keep that grass growing and you need to keep it green so the golfers can enjoy the course," Robinson says.

Gettysvue says they get their water out of a well and fill it up into their ponds, which is a big help during the drought.


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