Golf courses feeling pinch from June washout

COITSVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WYTV) – June 2015 went into the record books as Youngstown’s 3rd wettest June, with more than 8.5 inches of rain.

Many people across The Valley have been dealing with flooding issues. So how has all this rain affected area golf courses? Many courses have seen a decline in business, and some have been forced to close temporarily.

Knoll Run golf course in Coitsville has managed to keep its doors open despite the all of the recent rain. Owner Tim Marucci said their top of the line drainage system has been crucial to the maintenance of their property during the soggy month.

“It is a constant battle. We are constantly putting in new drainage and new yard drains. It never ends,” Marucci said.

The course has nearly 5 miles of pipes and over 100 yard drains. More drains were added this week to help with runoff from the storm last weekend.

Although business is down, the fairway is dry and in fair shape. But not all courses have been so fortunate.

A few golfers were forced to relocate to Tanglewood in Pulaski, Pa. because of soggy conditions at Deer Creek in Hubbard.

“I think it is because of the slope. It drains a little bit better maybe. Some courses you get into flatter areas and the drainage just can’t handle the water,” Dana Dunn of Sharon said.

Bedford Trails in Coitsville is open 365 days a year, rain or shine, and also has been able to handle all of the rain.

“The wet weather has slowed down play. We are not getting as much business, but we are still getting a lot of people to come out and play the course. It has drained a lot faster than other courses have. If other courses are closed, then they are coming here to play,” Bedford Trails manager Justin Romeo said.

Right now, most of the courses are cart path only, which means golfers cannot take the golf carts on the fairways. But after a few more dry days they hope to be back to business as usual.

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