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Championship course at Rock Barn shut down after weekend storm damage

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Bridge at Rock Barn Bridge at Rock Barn
CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Weekend storm and localized flooding have caused some major issues for the championship course at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Catawba County, forcing the course to be temporarily shut down.

According to officials at the course, the Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship golf course saw nine-inches of rain in a 2.5 hour period on Saturday.

They say, in total, nearly a foot of water was dumped on the course in a 12-hour period.

The heavy rains and flooding caused "severe damage" to the greens on holes 3 and 5, washing them away.  Officials say the greens will have to be completely rebuilt.

Crews are at the course on Monday and Tuesday, viewing the greens and coming up with estimates on the cost it will incur to repair the course.

Because of the damage the RTJ, Jr. course will be closed until further notice.

In a memo sent to course members, officials say greens 4, 13, 14, 16 and 17 were also submerged during the storm and covered with silt.  Fairways 4, 5, 13, 14, 16 and 17 were covered as well.

Officials say 20-plus bunkers were destroyed in the storms.

The primary bridge, Rock Bridge, on Ridge Drive collapsed during the storm and the 'rickety bridge' connecting holes 13 and 14 is closed until further notice. 

Officials say they hope and are working hard to ensure that the course is back up and running by the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, a PGA TOUR's Champions Tour, in mid-October.

Course officials told WBTV if the repairs to greens 3 and 5 take an extended period of time, they plan to temporarily re-open the course as a 16-hole course.

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