Blue Ridge County Club reopens golf course after fertilizer destroy greens

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Closed for months, the golf course at the Blue Ridge Country Club reopened in March but not before losing a lot of green.

“It was a challenge. I spent way too many days counting lost revenue instead of positive revenue,” Micklewright said.

In June, chemicals were sprayed to protect the grass as part of routine maintenance.

“We were spraying a fertilizer that ended up being contaminated with a herbicide,” Micklewright said.

Unknown to the members at the golf course, they were told by the chemical company not to use it. One day after they already did.

“At that point, we knew that we had used it so it was just a matter of waiting and seeing how much damage we would have,” Micklewright said.

“We all were devastated. We love this course. It’s always beautiful and to not be able to play and be worried it was going to be permanently damaged,” Anne Ketchum, a member of the Country Club, said.

But not even a year later, the course is back to green.

“It’s beautiful. The course is beautiful. The weather is beautiful,” another member, Debra McDonald, said. “We’re all that grateful to have it back again.”

Members of the golf course said they are working the chemical company’s insurance regarding the damage.

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