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Shown here is an area on the perimeter of the course (#2) where irrigation has been cut off. This is being done to save water to help with the ongoing 3-year drought. The University is primarily pumping ground water for irrigation this summer, since surface runoff was negligible this past winter.
Problems in these areas include turf mortality, weed encroachment and golf cart damage. Later on, when rain returns, these areas are likely to become wet and muddy. Unfortunately, the turf is very slow to recover in the short, cool days of fall/winter. So watch for effects of this drought to linger well into next season.