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Paiute Golf Resort Heavily Damaged by Flood Waters

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LAS VEGAS -- Managers of the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley say raging flood waters have caused millions of dollars in damage to three golf courses, which is costing them business during a peak season.

Only 18 of the 54 holes were spared from flooding damage.

Managers say September is one of their busiest months, and this year it will be almost a total loss. The first of three golf courses will not be open until October 1.

Nature normally blends in with the beauty of the golf courses on the Paiute resort, but in late August, nature tore it apart.

"They say two inches can move a car, imagine having two feet, three feet of water coming through. It is just devastating," chairman of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Benny Tso said.

The resort's rocky landscaping dragged across the green and ripped up chunks of grass. Mud and still water suffocated manicured courses. Flood waters scattered remnants from the Carpenter 1 wildfire everywhere.

"I'm pretty sure some of the soot, some of the ash, and I'm pretty sure some of the fire retardant came down this far," Tso said.

The water dug trenches four-feet deep and covered a signature island, turning it into a lake.

"It is Las Vegas' only island green on the Wolf Course. It was effected heavily due to its location closest to the 95" general manager Chad Gunier said.

According to managers, the flooding caused millions of dollars in damage and lost revenue. They estimate more than 10,000 golfers play the three Paiute courses over an average September.

"We're talking three golf courses shut down in the two primary months of Las Vegas in the peak season," Gunier said.

The first course will not open until October 1, the second November 1, and there is no estimate for when the third will be repaired.

Tso says the courses are more than a source of income for the Paiute Tribe, they are a source of pride.

"It was heartbreaking to see it like that, knowing what it looked like before and then the after part of that," Tso said.

When the courses are reopened, they will be even more pristine then before, Tso said.

Improvements are being made during the repairs. Managers say they are fixing the drainage system so the resort will be better prepared for any future flooding, and while the courses are closed, they are still doing special events like weddings and catering.

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