LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - May has been a record setting month when it comes to rain in Texas, which means the greens aren't the only thing slow on several East Texas golf courses.
Earlier this week, Piney Woods Country club in Nacogdoches had to close down the course and driving range. Jenkins said the conditions are bad enough on the course that players had been forced to play the back nine twice instead of the full 18 holes.
"It's strange," General Manager Rusty Jenkins said. "I don't know if the course has been completely closed. Unfortunately our bridges and culverts have not been able to handle that. We have three culverts out right now."
Just down the road from Piney Woods is Woodland Hills Golf Club. They have seen the same amount of rain as their competitor, but due to a high elevation, they have been able to remain open.
"If you think it is muddy, trust me, it is not as muddy as you think," golf pro Austin Stewart said. ""We are very lucky. We have drained really well. Maintenance hasn't slowed down at all. We have mowed every fairway, every green. We've mowed all the rough. One thing to remember when designing a course is to have drainage and this place is at a perfect spot. We do have some low spots but for the most part we are good."
Stewart said they have seen fewer golfers come out this month, but they have been able to stay open. "It definitely is slow, but we are still here," Stewart said.
Down south in Angelina County, golf pro Ben Burns has not been as lucky at Crown Colony Country Club.
"I hate to admit this but it has been two weeks since we have been able to mow our fairways," Burns said. "I've been in the golf business for thirty years and I have never seen weather like this."
Burns said this is the time of the year when business picks up, but that has not happened yet.
"Right now we would usually have a lot of business people from out of town staying here in our villas, but that has not happened," Burns said. "They check their weather reports and see what we have been through. They do not want to come play in the mud."
In the month of May, the south side of Lufkin has received 15 inches of rain, making it the rainiest month on record. Burns believes those numbers in the long run will only help improve the image and play of the course.
"We have been able to get out and mow the greens," Burns said. "This weather is making them go a little fast. Our greens are great. Everything is as green as it can be. Somewhere under all that grass is a beautiful golf course. You might not see it now, but it is there."