IT’S not uncommon to see golfers braving gales and rain on Port Fairy’s picturesque course, but their endurance has been pushed to its limits this week.
Heavy rain has submerged entire sections of the course, with the course now resembling a wetland.
Trainee professional Dylan O’Keeffe said the floodwaters had caused disappointment after the mid-week competition was cancelled yesterday.
“We were hoping to have players tee off in the morning,” Mr O’Keeffe said.
“Most of it (the course) is closed. We’ve got our normal competition on Saturday. I would assume we would need the sun to come out to get the course playable by Saturday.”
It was a similar story at Warrnambool golf course where the back nine was closed and events were cancelled. The front nine is open, but not for carts.
There had been 63.8mm of rain fall on Warrnambool in the 48 hours to 9am yesterday, with more heavy falls last night.
“It’s pretty terrible,” the club’s women’s captain Alison Sinclair said.
“There’s more water on there than there was in winter. The old river bed is very high.”
The rain forced officials to cancel round two of the club’s women’s championships, the event being reduced to 54 holes and continuing next Wednesday.
The opening round of the 72-hole men’s championship, scheduled for Saturday, is also in doubt.
“It was very hard on the groundsman. He had the course looking great and we’ve got a lot of golf coming up in the coming weeks,” Mrs Sinclair said.