Local golf courses hoping for a friendly forecast

By Chad Weber

September 15, 2013 Updated Sep 15, 2013 at 10:24 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS --It started in the spring with flooding and rain which seemed to fall almost everyday.

Now Central Illinois golf officials are hoping to get just one of those big rainfalls back.

"Getting the moisture back in the ground would be very important," said Director of Golf for the Fondulac Park District Tom Wolff.

Wolff said after that slow, wet start in the spring, business has picked up for most of the summer.

"Compared to last year, we started out really slow," said Wolff. "Weather was pretty rough. Then it leveled off and picked up. We actually started outpacing the 2012 season which I didn't think would happen."

He said after the losses taken during spring, he hopes to break even with a strong summer and hopefully strong fall.

Over at Weaver Ridge Golf Club in Peoria, they're swinging the same story.

"Overall we're down, but we're running right where we need to go so we're moving in the right direction," said Clay Stevens.

For golf clubs to get over that slow start, they are hoping the fall provides ideal conditions for both golfers and the golf course.

"Stay nice weather as long as we can, Indian summer," said Stevens.

"We could go into December and have nice golfing weather, and that's what we're hoping for," said Wolff.

But until then, just one thing remains on the wish list...

"We definitely need the rain," said Stevens. "We don't want to start buying water. With that said, we definitely need a good rain."

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