Biggest water hazard of the week – and that's saying something

Olmos Park Golf Course in San Antonio
Olmos Basin Golf Course
When it's not underwater, Olmos Basin is a scenic municipal golf course just north of downtown San Antonio.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Saturday, May 25, 2013 | 6:04 p.m.

Rain has played havoc with golf all around the globe this week:

--The Colonial has been rainy for the past couple of days, and the second round only finished up this morning.

--The European Tour's big BMW PGA Championship outside of London has been so cold and wet that the players have expressed amazement and admiration at the hardiness of the fans who have come out to watch.

--The Senior PGA Championship in St. Louis saw intermittent showers on Friday and had a mid-afternoon weather stoppage today.

--And, of course, the poor LPGA Tour is struggling to get in 36 holes by Sunday as its inaugural Pure Silk Bahamas Classic has been wrecked by a once-in-a-lifetime rainstorm earlier this week.

None of these places, however, had it as bad as Olmos Basin Golf Course in San Antonio, Texas, has it today.

South Texas is getting its second straight day of hurricane-like rainfall – without the hurricane-like winds, thankfully – and San Antonio is bearing the brunt of it. In fact, the National Weather Service said that the Alamo City had gotten 9.83 inches of rainfall by midmorning alone, making this the second rainiest day in San Antonio's history.

Needless to say, nobody was playing much golf anywhere in San Antonio today. But somehow, a man found himself stranded on top of a restroom at the Olmos Basin Golf Course when floodwaters rose nearly up to the roof. The San Antonio Fire Department, using a Kodiak boat, motored right up to his rooftop perch, and the man calmly stepped into the boat. 

The rescue – which admittedly isn't very dramatic – was captured on video by WOAI-TV and you can see it here. But the thought of a golf course down there, under eight or nine feet of water, is plenty dramatic.

I've often said I'm glad my job doesn't include having to do live commentary of these kinds of breaking events, but even I could have done better than the broadcasters on the video. As they were puzzling over how the man got on the roof in the first place, one of them said, with seeming seriousness: ''I've gotta believe he wasn't golfing today.''

Yeah, I think that’s a pretty safe bet.

Those of you familiar with San Antonio know Olmos Basin as a popular municipal layout that has hosted many men's and women's city amateur championships. Hopefully, the water will drain off fairly quickly and the damage won't be too severe.

I haven't seen any word on how some of the city's other big courses, like TPC San Antonio or the historic Brackenridge Park, have fared, but I'm hoping for the best.