Monday, January 4, 2010

Winter Update

The warm weather and rain on Christmas Eve were not welcome for the golf course. We now have a thick layer of ice on most of our tees, greens, and fairways. This is a concern because prolonged periods of ice cover can cause a great deal of injury to our turf.

We are monitoring the situation carefully and if a warming trend presents itself, we can enhance the melting of the ice by appplying black topdressing sand. Ten of our 18 greens have covers on them which helps but is no guarantee. The uncovered greens have not traditionally been as susceptible to winter kill. The research available indicates that the ice needs to be in place for about 60 days to cause damage so hopefully we have a mid winter thaw before then.

Click on the following link for more information from the USGA Green Section:

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