In a scene from one of the all time great movies, “Caddyshack,” a priest is determined to finish the best round of golf he’s ever played, despite the foul and blistering weather that hit the course.

It’s one of the most memorable clips in film history.

However, in real life, there are not many courses that would allow a golfer to play in those type of conditions. If that were the case, many of the local golf and country clubs would have been filled these last three weeks instead of the empty lots they turned into.

“It was a complete loss,” said Lakeside Golf Course owner, Joe Jones. “Couldn’t even open up. When it rained it would do a lot of damage. We have six lakes out here. Every one of them are running over into each other. Even the fish were going from one lake to another. It hurt the golf business quite a bit. I am just a small nine-hole golf course. It practically shut me down.”

According to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, a total rainfall of 13.69 inches hit central Oklahoma from June 11-July 10. That includes the almost five inches that poured down July 9-10.

And while it may have been good for the crops, the monthlong downpour was terrible for those wanting to make a tee time.

“Anytime you get this much rain and lose this many days, business has been off,” said Dan Lankford from Earlywine Park and Golf Course. “I think the golfers are ready to play golf. When you get a nice day, you get a nice crowd.”

There are five golf courses in the Moore area.

Those courses include Lakeside, Broadmoore Golf Course, Earlywine, Belmar Golf Club and Moore Golf and Athletic Club. Each had its own set of problems in dealing with the weather.

But it’s not just Moore that has seen its business fall this summer. Golf courses throughout Oklahoma have had to contend with unpredictable showers and flooded cart paths.

“I figure we are down 21 percent,” said David Lisle, the head pro at Westwood Park Golf Course. “I really thought we would be down 50 percent. We had 10 plus inches in that month. Last month it was two inches. “A rough estimate is we lost around $20,000.”

Westwood is not the only club to lose money. Jones said his business is down $30,000 compared to last year. Lankford estimated Earlywine is down 15 percent.

This was a new situation for area golf course managers. This is the most rain that has fallen for this time of the year since 1992, according to OCS.

“I can say it has been one of the worst summers I can remember as far as rain goes,” Lankford said. “Really it has been a bad year. Had a cold January and Febuary. April was cold and rainy. May was rainy. The record stands for June. It has not been a banner year.”

And there does not seem to be an end in sight. According to the wunderground.com, Oklahoma can expect another thunderstorm this weekend.

That is not good news.

“It would probably still hurt me,” Jones said. “Maybe lose about 50 percent business. But I am able to hang on financially. If I had a large loan that I had to maintain, it would kill me.”

Yet, no matter the course conditions or pending forecast, the truly dedicated golfers somehow can find a way to get a few rounds in.

“When it was not raining, we were very busy,” Lisle said. “I think the bug was there. They have been holed up inside. Even in horrible conditions, we would let them out. There were places they couldn’t play without having water being over their ankles. There were a few brave souls that came out.

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