SPOKANE, Wash.—Spokane golf courses were trying to bounce back in June after harsh winter weather damaged their greens. The Indian Canyon Golf Course was hit particularly hard.
The course was so bad that a large PGA tournament had to move elsewhere.
"It's just a real disappointment to be sitting on a golf course that's less than perfect,” said Professional Manager Gary Lindeblad.
"It just took so long to recover from scratch. Literally, five of our greens were nearly 100% dead. Then we had three or four others that had ten to 30%,” said Lindeblad. "Once you get ice on the green, it suffocates it."
The damage was so bad that staff had to move the Rosauers Open to MeadowWood Golf Course in Liberty Lake. That tournament was the largest sectional PGA event in the country.
Lindeblad said the City spent $10,000 to $15,000 on supplies for reseeding. He said the biggest cost was labor. At least 12 maintenance workers were seeding and watering daily. Lindeblad said the most significant loss was its customers. He said only 50 to 60% were coming back.
"It's a huge financial loss,” said Lindeblad.
Temporary greens were in place while crews worked to catch up.
The golf course was offering discounts to whoever wanted to play there until things returned to normal.