Okay, those of us in the Southeast know what rain looks like. During my time as a superintendent in the Southeast, I recorded rainfall from 58 to 112 inches in a calendar year. Most of the years with 80+ inches had something to do with a hurricane or tropical storm. So far in 2020, many courses in my region have seen well over 35 inches of rain. That's only 2 months into the year. Yes, that makes working on the course difficult at best but what about all the lost revenue?
At a recent meeting, I spoke to a superintendent whose course was closed to play for 11 of the 29 days in February. Thankfully, they are not overseeded, so trying to keep up with mowing rough and fairways isn't an issue but washed out bunkers and creek banks have become common occurrences. Nothing builds crew moral more than fixing washed out bunkers, I've done the research. I hope things start to dry out soon so that many courses can get back to normal business and start to generate some golf revenue again.
Finally, our hearts go out to all the people who have been impacted by the tornado that tore through the Nashville area. Unfortunately many lives were lost and there is considerable damage to many structures and property. So far, I have not heard of any of our members that suffered a loss from the storm but there are plenty of their neighbors who have. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of them.