Golf courses do what they can to survive the summer

Winter is golf's busy season, but courses don't exactly shut down during the long, hot summer.

Places like the Flint River Course in Albany are tasked with keeping the course up to par for loyal customers. They plant a new grass during the summer and pump more water into it to make it playable and to please the players. The budget is also a concern.

"No matter how much money you spend or whatever you do, every golf course has its challenge," said Roy Snead, the course manager at Flint River. "We're happy to be here to offer a good product to the city of Albany."

There's no shortage of golfers willing to withstand the heat, and many courses offer a twilight rate to up late afternoon business.

"If you're not going to come out early, we'd advise you to come out and play nine holes," Snead said. "Or come out in the evening time and play a whole 18 holes."

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