Jason Hooper, golf course superintendent at Quilchena Golf and Country Club, details the affects the current drought has had on their course. And, with the last measurable rain being 6.3 mm on June 1st, and May being the driest May on record (dating back to 1937), the drought has forced them to change their cultural practices.
Minimizing the amount of water applied to rough and surrounds, hand-watering more than ever, Hooper says one can expect to see more brown turf than usual, especially along drainage lines. Trees, already stressed, have begun dropping their leaves to conserve water; something, writes Hooper, that isn't typically observed until mid-August.
With all that though, the playability on the course is said to be fantastic.