Golf resumes at Cliffside after flood

Tommy Winborne tees off on the par-four 10th hole on Thursday afternoon at Cliffside Golf Course.

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Golfers returned to Cliffside on Thursday, after flooding forced the course to close down all operation for two days.

“The course was really wet over the last couple of days,” said Nathan Stanley, a Cliffside employee. “It was completely saturated, we’re just now drying out and starting to mow. It’s getting better but the course is still wet and we are just now getting back to where we can operate.”

Over half of Cliffside’s 18-hole course was covered by water, with the deepest area over the second and 14th holes.

Gallipolis, which averages around four inches of rain every July, had more than two inches of rain fall on Tuesday alone. More thunderstorms are forecasted over the next several days, which could mean more issues for Cliffside.

“More rain will defiantly be a problem,” Stanley added. “Right now we’re trying to mow our grass where we can so that the sun can soak up some of the water. I don’t know how much the ground will hold if we get more rain, we may end up in the same situation.”

Cliffside, which opened in 1988 and is Gallia County’s only golf course, serves as the home course to Gallia Academy, River Valley and South Gallia’s high school golf teams.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.