With the entire back nine under water, Yahnundasis Golf Club in New Hartford, N.Y., canceled a tournament on June 28 and closed for the day. Oneida (N.Y.) Community Golf Course was hit the hardest in the area, however, with 12 of its 18 holes under water. In response, Kanon Valley Country Club has opened its doors to the displaced members and leagues of nearby clubs.
Persistent rain and storms, notably a downpour that lasted nearly 12 hours on the evening of June 27, has left a damper on the season for golf courses in central New York, the Oneida (N.Y.) Dispatch reported.
“We’re fighting through it,” said Dustin Jones, golf pro at Yahnundasis Golf Club in New Hartford.
The Mohawk Valley Junior Golf Tour was canceled at Yahnundasis and the course was closed for the day on June 28. Jones said they’ve lost a few outings, but being a private club has helped despite the entire back nine being under water, the Dispatch reported.
Oneida Community Golf Course has been hit the hardest. Set down low with a creek that winds through the course, on Friday afternoon, 12 of the course’s 18 holes were under water, the Dispatch reported.
“It’s tough when you have members who join and they can’t get out and golf,” said Oneida head golf pro Ruth Weydig. “Our superintendent, Bob Conley, and local resident Kelly Rose both stated (to me) they had never seen this much water spread out over the area in the last forty years, since Hurricane Agnes.”
With a slow week on the schedule, Oneida Community GC has only been forced to postpone the ARC charity golf event that was set for Saturday, Weydig said. To further help out Weydig and the community club, other courses have opened doors to members and leagues from Oneida, the Dispatch reported.
“We’re not as bad as most, thank god,” said Kanon Valley Country Club head pro Trey Walewski. “So I’ve told several other clubs they can host things here. Just trying to help everyone out.”