Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club working to recover from floods
June 16, 2014
Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club boasts of being a golf course with more shoreline than any in the nation.
Well, last week, there was a little bit too much shoreline.
In fact, the shoreline on three particular holes had extended into the fairway thanks to recent rainstorms that sent the Poudre River over its banks.
At Pelican Lakes, the river runs through it.
Translated, that means holes 12, 13 and 18 were underwater — unplayable, soaked and hardly a sight for sore eyes.
"It's the overflow of the Poudre," Pelican Lakes pro Stacy Kleve understated. "When it gets about eight feet of the flood stage, it really spills over on the north end of our property and then works its way through."
The water peaked at 10.5 feet, well over the banks, and then receded to 8.5 feet.
This isn't the first time the folks at Pelican Lakes have dealt with the Poudre's roar.
It probably won't be the last.
Fortunately, Pelican Lakes course superintendent Scott Banghart is well-versed when it comes to handling such situations.
The guy never lets 'em see him flinch, and with the drainage problems on the course that features water to some degree on every hole, Banghart is used to dealing with the problem.
When the water recedes to a manageable level, Banghart will be able to pump it back into the river, then let the flooded area dry out, aerate it and then wash the gunk from the river off the surface.
"Then it will all come back up and start to grow again," said Kleve, who labeled the situation as "a logistical nightmare."
Another viable option has been the big course's little sister — Pelican Falls — a unique nine-hole course to the south that features elevated tee boxes and Chamber of Commerce postcard views.
"Yeah, the Falls has been busy at times," Kleve said. "The water still causes problems with getting people to the course though."
Access on Colo. 257 into Pelican Falls was limited due to excess water and 7th Street was also taking in its share of water.
"We finally had to send people out to the highway (I-25) to get into Pelican Falls," Kleve explained.
A planned renovation on the front nine of the 7,264-yard Pelican Lakes course had been proceeding as planned, but the recent floods have moved the projected finish date of June 15 out toward the end of the month.
Kleve explained that there's been some shuffling of several in-house events. Nothing that a little sunshine and receding water won't cure.
"We've had to deal with this water situation a few more times than necessary the last few years, but we'll get there," Kleve said.
Samuel G. Mustari covers sports for the Greeley Tribune. Reach him at (970) 392-4437 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow
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