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Mitchell Golf Course Feels Effects Of Flooding

June 14, 2010, 6:00 PM by Kolbe Nelson

Mitchell Golf Course Feels Effects Of Flooding
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Wild Oak Golf Course has seen flooding before.  After all, it runs along the banks of the mighty James River. But General Manager Cody Larson says being hit by high waters like this isn't par for the course.

"In the spring, when the snow melts we do have to pump off, but this heavy of rain, we haven't seen it here in a long time. With me coming on this year I haven't experienced this yet so, you know, living in Mitchell for my whole life I've never seen this heavy of rain in this short amount of time," Larson said.

Much of the course has been turned into a virtual swamp with not so much puddles, but ponds of standing water surrounding many of the greens on the back nine. Hole number eleven's fairway has even turned into the riverbed of one of the largest water hazards that you'll find on the course at this time.

"Basically in the last four days the rain that we've had, up to eight inches plus has come over the course and caused the lower half to come out of the banks and we're just waiting for the creek to go back down so we can pump it off," Larson said.

That's expected to take three days once the rain and overflow stops. As for whether the course will have any long-tem damage, that's a toss up.

"That's just a matter of time, telling how fast it goes down. You know, if it's on there for a week, obviously with the warm water and the warm conditions it's not going to be good," Larson said.

With any luck the water will fall soon, and they'll be able to get the course back in championship form.

Despite the flooding, the front nine and the driving range are still open for play.

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