Flooding in fall 2013 in Aurora, Colo., left up to eight feet of water on the golf course for three-and-a-half weeks, but the property has re-opened to the public after months of recuperating.
Common Ground Golf Course has reopened to the public after the Aurora, Colo., golf course fell victim of flooding that devastated the area in fall 2013, ABC 7 News Denver reported.
“Just the fact that we’re back out here and able to play the full course today is amazing,” said Dave Troyer, the Director of Golf.
During the September floods, Troyer needed a boat to navigate some of its fairways, ABC 7 reported.
“For three-and-a-half weeks we had six-to-eight feet of water on the golf course,” Troyer said. “It was a devastating blow to everything we built over the last five years out here.”
The floods destroyed the playing surface in the process, ABC 7 reported.
“Once it drained off everything was dead. We had to go through the whole process of re-grassing everything. We re-sodded five greens, re-seeded 6 1/2 fairways out there,” Troyer said. “Being closed, the hard costs, lost revenue over time it was over a $1 million dollar hit for us.”
Golfers were forced to make due on a modified nine-hole layout. But there’s good news, as the grass is finally greener, ABC 7 reported.
“Going from water to dead grass to what you see today in such a short time is amazing. Now that we’re going to get some 80 degree weather it’ll just explode as you can see it looks like it’s in phenomenal condition already. We’re ready to go,” Troyer said.
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