Northwood Golf Course trying to cope with high water levelsSubmitted: 06/29/2017

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RHINELANDER - For the most part, the Northwood Golf Course looks great.

"The greens, the tees, the fairways, they're beautiful," said PGA professional, Dan Buckley.

But since the course opened for the season on April 19th, rain has been a big issue.

"I would say half the days we've been rained on," said Buckley.

Denton Lake is right next to the course. Usually it's not even close to the greens, until this year.

"I've never seen this. I've been here 27 years and I've never seen them this level. They're actually encroaching onto the golf course and the cart paths and on hole 14, it's actually above the fairway and crossing the fairway," said Buckley.

A little over 10 years ago, the course put draining tiles under the turf.

"Water sits in the turf so long and it's so saturated, that it actually rots the roots underneath the turf." said Buckley.

And after that damage is done, you get some funny looking grass.

"You get air bubbles. You can stand on it and it'll shoot across the fairway. It'll move from here to over there and I've seen them up to six foot circles," said Buckley.

The grounds crew does all it can, but they can't work through the rain.

"If it's coming down like it is right now, they just go home," said Buckley.

But Dan isn't going home. He's at the course every day hoping for warmer, dryer weather- and soon.

"A couple of weeks of really good weather to kind of firm things up and dry it out a little bit," said Buckley.

The course usually mows the grass three times a week, but even that is getting difficult.

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