OCEAN PINES, Md. (AP) — A planned community near Ocean City is considering whether to rebuild the greens on its golf course after a hot summer caused damage that cost the course nearly $250,000 in business.

According to The Daily Times of Salisbury, a United States Golf Association agrnonomist and the company that manages the Ocean Pines Golf Course have recommended that the greens be rebuilt, at a cost of more than $860,000.

Agronomist Darin Bevard told the Ocean Pines Association board of directors that the 40-year-old course couldn’t withstand this summer’s excessive heat because its drainage system is out of date.

The course was nearly unplayable by September, and it lost business when management contacted golfers to let them know about its poor condition.

The board could also opt for more temporary repairs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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