Tuesday, March 17, 2009

It's Been A While...

Possible Winter Damage on #12

Snow cover on #5 fairway

Winter is finally coming to an end. I hope you had an enjoyable offseason. With the nice weather your thoughts are, no doubt, once again turning to golf.

Before you ask, it is still too early to predict when the course will open. Keep watching this blog for updates but there is still snow on parts of the course and frost in the ground.

I am still trying to get a handle on how the course has wintered. For the second year in a row, we have had ice cover, and several wild swings in temperature. At the moment, most areas are still very brown and dormant looking. There are a few areas on greens that I am concerned about but it is still too early to tell if they will grow out of the damage or not. The back right tier of #12 green appears to have sustained some damage. This is odd because you would expect damage to be in the lower areas where ice would accumulate followed by freezing and thawing. If there does prove to be damage, it may have been caused by one of the several dramatic drops in temperature we experienced. This would explain the higher turf being damaged since it was exposed. The next two weeks should clarify the extent of any problems we may have.

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