In Charlotte, N.C., Matthew Wharton
A-1/A-4 bentgrass greens at Carolina Golf Club
have "never looked better at this time of year" but he
pond levels are less attractive.
Like Johnson, 80 miles to the northeast, Wharton found May to be almost crunchy.
"April was wet and cold but when things finally started to warm up in May
, we only got .11 of an inch for the entire month," he
"We were slinging water like crazy.
Maybe five million gallons."
Things improved to a degree in June, but the 2.5-inch total was deceiving Wharton
says because after an initial downpour that brought an inch, the rest came in "dinky, light showers that weren't really meaningful.
As a result, Wharton
has some areas looking "a little raggedy, a little shaggy and brown.
More significantly, his
pond levels are down "six or seven feet" to less than half capacity.
Like most in the Carolinas, Wharton
is mindful of not overstating the case given what their counterparts in California are enduring.
would "sleep easier if it rained.
"We grew this course in from a restoration in 2008 during the worst drought on record and we didn't run out of water," he