Pelican Lakes Golf Course in Windsor took a beating during the flood, but its head pro was hoping to have golfers swinging their clubs over the weekend or shortly thereafter.
Stacy Kleve, head pro at the 18-hole Pelican Lakes and the 9-hole Pelican Falls golf courses, said his staff couldn’t begin to work on the flooded courses until Wednesday. He said they spent Wednesday in a clean-up mode, washing off fairways and pumping water from the fairways and putting the semi-private course of 400 golf members all back together.
From the time the rain started until the courses reopen, Kleve said it will be close to two weeks of no golfing because of the rain and flooding.
“It’s a mess,” Kleve said Wednesday. “Multiple holes were kind of under water, some a little worse than others. It’s kind of messy work.”
Kleve said washing the silt off the grass was a top priority.
“Hopefully, we save the grass, That’s kind of the mission,” he said.
Kleve said holes 3, 4 and 5 on the east side of the course off Colo. 257 were hit hard, and holes 12 and 13 on the west side next to the Poudre River on 7th Street also were affected the most by the flood waters.
“They were completely underwater, pretty much. Three and 5 are in really bad shape right now,” Kleve said during the middle of the week. “We’re trying to put it back together.”
Kleve said no greens were affected, and there was no real displacement of the course.
“It’s just a matter of putting it back together in playing shape,” Kleve said. “My guess is the front nine will be ready in another week, and the back nine open and the falls open by (this) weekend.”
Kleve said at least eight holes have significant issues.
“We have a big pump, and we pump the water out back into the river and get it low enough so the water doesn’t cook the grass,” Kleve said. “Hopefully, we can save some of that grass.”
Kleve has been working at the course for 11 years. He said the snow melt and spring run off and rain in 2009 or 2010 caused the Poudre River to flood the course, but it was nothing like the recent flood.
“This is the worst flood I’ve seen here,” he said. “I heard it’s a 500-year deal, and it made sense. There was water coming over on spots that I’d never seen. It was quite a sight how much water was coming down here.”
Kleve said he felt helpless during the flooding.
“You just can’t do anything until the water recedes,” Kleve said. “It is a completely helpless feeling. We couldn’t do anything until the water was below the banks.”
Kleve said thousands of dollars of business will be lost because of the courses being shut down, but he said it could have been worse.
“Mariana Butte (Loveland) actually lost three holes where the river just redirected it,” Kleve said.
He said it’s a matter of time until the grass turns greens again.
“The grass will kind of be a little bit yellow, but it will slowly come back,” Kleve said. “The engineering of the course and how the water flows did what it was supposed to do. No homes got flooded to my knowledge and nothing else got touched.”