Very little rain and high temperatures have made it challenging to get the greens ready for next week’s Travelers Championship.
They’re in the final prep mode at the TPC River Highlands, and getting the course ready hasn’t been easy, especially since the tournament is usually at the end of June.
“This heat wave, the sun, the wind, the humidity, it's a challenge,” said TPC River Highlands General Manager David Corrado.
TPC River Highlands is one of the premiere golf courses in Connecticut.
"When you run the irrigation system, you're getting broad coverage. Certain areas will collect water and become wet, other areas will be a little bit drier so we really target those areas that are drier to make sure they get the moisture they need,” Corrado said.
That means, their maintenance staff of about 27 is working overtime to make sure every inch of the 7,000 yard courses is in perfect condition.
To do that, they actually hand water the areas under stress from the recent heat and humidity.
“It's a lot of tender love and care and handwork that really gets us to where we need to be,” Corrado said.
He added that battling Mother Nature is just par for the course, and they'll make sure when the tour players hit the links next week, the par 70 course will be in tip top shape.
"It's a challenge but hopefully this weather will break for us and we're looking forward to a great week,” Corrado said.
Right before the tournament starts, divots will be filled with green sand so the course is camera ready for television.
Copyright 2016 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.