Originally Posted by MWM
A lot of courses in the area have been in very poor shape the last couple of years largely due to the economy and the significant decline in rounds being played (although the heat and conditions like Redhook said is certainly making it worse).
Many courses in the area are really beat up right now and its kinda sad. I couldn't believe the condition Elks Run out in Batavia was last year. But they just about went bankrupt. That's too bad about Weatherwax. I love that place and have thought it one of the better kept secrets in Cincy for a while now.
It's the heat and lack of rain. Last year was the worst year since the '50's as far as heat goes. When the temperature stays above 70 at night, the grass doesn't get a chance to cool down. This happened for nearly 2 straight months last year. This year, it's been much of the same since early July. Just brutal weather.
Courses in the area were in great shape one month. My course, Sharon Woods, was perfect on July 8th. 2 weeks later, it was completely stressed out from the heat. Country Clubs are struggling too, but they do have a bigger budget and a larger staff to combat the heat. But eventually, Mother Nature will win.
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