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State drought takes toll on local golf courses

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SANTEE (CBS 8) - With California entering its fourth year of drought, the lack of water is taking a toll on golf courses in San Diego County.

At Carlton Oaks Golf Club in Santee, the course superintendent is asking customers to understand a new maintenance policy that keeps the fairways and greens green and the roughs rough.

"It's been a historic drought we are in the middle of now," course superintendent Geoff Haynes said.

Haynes says a lack of rainfall has made this year especially challenging. He says most of their customers understand the severity of the drought.

One advantage Carlton Oaks has is that they water their course with well water. But even those wells are showing signs of struggle.

The course was built back in 1958, so longtime locals have decades of memories to compare the current conditions to.

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