Golf Courses Try to Stay Green During Stage Three; Saving for Stage Four

Wichita Falls, TX. - One industry that is severely impacted by the drought restrictions is golf courses.

Officials at the city's Champions Golf Course in Wichita Falls say they use raw water from Lake Kickapoo and rain water from an irrigation pond to water their greens.

Tee's can now be watered once a week and the fairways are not allowed to be watered.

When stage four goes into affect they will only be able to use the water that was previously collected, once the irrigation pond is empty they will not have anymore water to use.

Golf course superintendent Chris Bruner says they have let one irrigation pond dry up and have been doing a lot of hand watering to make the water they have last.

"The biggest factor is cost. When that grass goes to the point that it's hard to bring back, you have to re-sod it and that's a big expense," says Bruner.

Bruner says maintaining the greens is their main priority especially since they are hosting the Texas Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament June 17th.


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