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Southwest Virginia golf courses struggle with constant rain

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ROANOKE COUNTY -

Heavy rain is causing plenty of problems for local golf courses.

But one course is weathering the storm.

The number of rounds at Blue Hills Golf Club in Roanoke County is down 15 percent compared to 2012, a smaller dip than course employees expected.

January through June, weather forced the course to close 43 times.

"This year actually January and February weren't that bad. But then starting in March the rains came and they have not let up much," said Blue Hills Golf Pro Gary Haught. "Last Wednesday we had five and a quarter inches here and it slowed down play. We were actually closed last Thursday all day. You couldn't get from one hole to the next."

There is good news, Haught said the flooding only caused minor damage to the course.

Also January and February were stronger than expected for Blue Hills.

Like many golfers in Southwest Virginia, Haught is hoping for a dry end to the summer.

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