New Berlin golf course tries to battle drought conditions
NEW BERLIN - Much of Wisconsin has gone under a drought emergency as the state copes with abnormally dry conditions.
For places that depend on green grass, they're trying to adapt to mother nature's dry spell.
"Hot. Very much hotter than normal," said golfer Gloria Jerabek about the conditions she's seen for much of the summer. Such extreme heat is tolerable for golfers, but not for golf courses.
"High humidity and heat is really bad for the game."
New Berlin Hills Golf Course has been fighting mother nature to keep greens green, watering from 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.
"Even during the recent extreme heat wave, we were hand-watering greens during the day to keep the turf temperature down on the greens," explained John Rader of New Berlin Hills.
"It's not part of your usual routine."
The City of New Berlin is restricting sprinkler hours for people who live there.
The golf course is exempt from that restriction.
"Being that we have our own wells, we are able to water as we need," said Rader.
Of course, greener grass means growth in the number of golfers.
"The course has been fantastic," said Jerabek. "They keep it up very well."