Seven fairways and all 15 of the bunkers at Brandon (S.D.) Municipal Golf Course were damaged in 2019 when the Split Rock Creek had record flooding. “That was tough for people to understand; why aren’t you fixing the bunkers, they look terrible, but we really had to wait for that approval from FEMA; the budget, scope of work to get it done,” Bauer says.
Brandon (S.D.) Municipal Golf Course, a popular course in the Sioux Falls area, is getting some needed repairs following severe flooding three years ago, KELO reported.
“The flooding was horrific, when you drove out here you couldn’t see the golf course,” golfer Tim Jorgenson said. “The condition of this course rivals any place that I’ve ever played they do a wonderful job of keeping the fairways, keeping the greens, keeping it manicured it is an absolutely a beautiful facility.”
And that’s the way they want to keep it, KELO reported. Crews are now in the process of getting the course back into shape.
“We are doing some reconstruction or rehabilitation of seven of our fairways and all 15 of our bunkers that were damaged in 2019 when the Split Rock Creek had record flooding, it set a record by about a foot,” Brandon Municipal Golf Course Manager Andrew Bauer said.
The high water, Bauer says killed the grass on a lot of the fairways, KELO reported.
“Some of it came back, but it’s turf we don’t want to have,” Bauer told KELO. “Then it got into every one of our bunkers and washed them out; silt and other debris, plugged up our drain tile in our bunkers, so they weren’t draining and not in very good shape.”
The reason it has taken almost three years to start the reconditioning of the golf course is because they were waiting on funding from FEMA, KELO reported.
“That was tough for people to understand; why aren’t you fixing the bunkers, they look terrible, but we really had to wait for that approval from FEMA; the budget, scope of work to get it done,” Bauer said.
The golf course will be opening for the season with some slight adjustments, KELO reported.
“We are going to have three holes that’ll have temporary tees being played as par 3’s instead of the normal par 4’s, but the majority of the golf course it doesn’t affect,” Bauer said.
Bauer told KELO he hopes the golf course will be back looking like its old self by June or July.