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Rain harmful for local business


LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - This summer has been wetter than usual, and some businesses that depend on good weather have suffered.

Some golfers say this summer has put a damper on their plans. In London, nine more inches of rain have fallen this year than on average.

"It seems like every time we come out to play, it rains. We probably have played about 30 to 35 percent less this year than ever before," said Doug George, who has been golfing for 25 years.

The General Manager of the Crooked Creek Golf Club, Ron Roberts, says the club has earned about 15 percent less revenue this golfing season than expected.

"You understand that you're going to have a rain day here and there. But to have the amount of rain we've had this year, there's just no way to recoup that loss as far as the rounds and the revenue. And it seems like it's more on the weekends than on the week days," Roberts said.

Roberts says when people schedule tee times for specific dates, they sometimes can not reschedule for rain. He says weekend rain is more harmful for business because there are usually about twice as many golfers on weekends than weekdays.

"This is just the harsh reality of owning a business where you're depending on mother nature, and there is some things you can control and some things you can't. And unfortunately we can't control the weather," said Roberts.

The general manager says along with people cancelling, more rain means more time and money is needed to restore the golf course.

There is drier weather in the forecast for next weekend, and folks at the golf club say they are hoping business will pick up.


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