Pender full of ponds and puddles
The water is receding and the clean-up effort is underway. When eight inches of water fall from the sky, there’s not much we can do to stop it.
“You watch it come, you wait for it to go, and you pray that there’s a lot of wind to dry up the course,” said Pat Funigiello, owner of Olde Point Country Club.
Olde Point Country Club in Hampstead seems to get hit the worst when the waters rise. Country Club Road has been closed twice in the last three months, back on Labor Day and again on Veterans Day.
A spillway connecting two ponds overflows and creates a river on the street; it’s just too much water for the road, and the golf course, to handle.
With all the rain that fell yesterday, the aftermath has created many new water hazards here on the golf course; some bunkers have turned into small ponds.
“It’s an inherent problem in the golf course. We can’t control the rain unfortunately, I wish we could,” Funigiello said.
Karna Godridge lives on the course and watched her rain gauge overflow with water. She says people still don’t respect the power of the water. “Country Club Road is blocked off and yet there are people who are determined to go through it. They actually will go around the barriers and try to go through it. One of the most dangerous things that you’re told not to do all the time.”
After a full day of course clean up, Funigiello is hopeful for golf on Friday. “I think we’ll be playing golf in the morning. I think that the suspect holes, there may be a few holes that have to be car-path only, maybe three or four holes, but the rest of the course will be open ready to do battle and hope everybody brings the ball out and gets to record it.”
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