Dorian menaced the Florida coast, but the eye of the storm stayed far enough offshore to allow Daytona Beach to escape with low tropical storm force winds and rain but no substantial damage. Golf courses closed for a couple days to clean up small debris but there will be no lasting impact.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of The Bahamas, who endured the worst of Hurricane Dorian,” said Kate Holcomb, director of communications for the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We were very fortunate here in the Daytona Beach and Volusia County area, and we are happy to be welcoming golfers.”
“Thankfully, the course was spared along with everything else in the area,” said Rod Perry, the head pro at Crane Lakes Golf Club. “The forecast was for much worse conditions, but it stayed far enough offshore that we didn’t see much wind and rain.”
Dorian reached the United States on Friday morning as a Category 1 storm, with sustained winds of 90 mph whipping over the North Carolina coast. It has killed at least 30 people in The Bahamas, where fundraising efforts are in full swing.