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Flooding impacts golf courses in Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Roads are still showing the effects of the intense rains and flooding, which was a little under a month ago. Now with just a half of day of rain Tuesday, roads and businesses are easily flooding.

The flooded roads are affecting more than just the people driving through them; it affects people with businesses on these roads, including the Arcadian Shores Golf Club. One of the bigger road closures is on Kings Road, where water is running from Kings Plantation through the road and onto the golf course. Sam Porter, an assistant golf professional at Arcadian Shores Golf Club, said they had to close for the day because of the amount of flooding on the course.

When asked how often the course has to shut down because of the flooding, Porter said, “Not normally. I mean everything’s been from Joaquin and all the rain we had then, 20 inches of rain in five days. There’s nowhere for the water to go.”

He said every little rain we get floods the course, which forces them to shut their doors.

Last month was the start of the fall golf season, where the amount of golfers on courses rises substantially.

Arcadian Shores Golf Club can usually expect to see 100 to 200 golfers on a day like Wednesday, but they won’t see any because the course is flooded.

“It’s disappointing, it’s slower," Porter said. "We are getting into the tail end of the season here, but it’s just difficult because we like to see it busy out there.”

During our interview with Porter, about 10 people either called or came in to see if the course was open. He said he doesn’t feel it’s a drainage issue on their end because the water is coming from outside sources and flooding onto their course. He said this makes it difficult to control because they don’t know where it’s coming from.

“There’s nothing we can do, we just kind of wait for it to drain out. Hopefully we get some nice weather coming up shortly. Hopefully it dries up.”

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