I took another walk around the course to see how things are shaping up and its looking really good. As of right now, 4, 5, 14, 16, and the practice green by the driving range are completely uncovered. The other greens vary from being half covered to having a few feet of snow on them. The fariways are pretty clean, with #1 always being an exception. The driving range tee is about 75% cleared, but there is a 3 foot drift blocking the way to the tee. My assistant and I will be working on getting that path cleared this week so we can possibly open the range up in the next few weeks. With the “forecasted” temps being in the high 40′s and even reaching the 50′s, I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of the course here by the end of next week.
Think warm thoughts and get ready for golf!!!
Sorry that it’s been so long since we updated. Over the winter months, we have been busy…
This picture was taken after a wind storm this winter and when I came in on Monday, I had to crawl up to dig out the door knob to get into the shop. While this year has been extremely cold, we haven’t had nearly the amount of snow as last year. This time last year we were still receiving a lot of snow, but the most recent forecast I saw doesn’t show a lot of chance for snow on the horizon. We opened in early May, the latest opening for Wildflower in it’s 20 years. This year, weather permitting, will be quite a different story. Even though we are still below seasonal averages, I am optimistic in saying that spring is just around the corner. We have had some really nice days lately, followed by another snow event that covered all of the exposed turf out on the course. I took a walk last week around the course to see just how things were melting off and I was pleased to see what we were uncovering. Many of the greens are still under a lot of snow, but that is a very good thing. With this winter’s brutal cold, the turf was under heavy insulation during the coldest months, and with no mid-season melt, there is little ice laying under the snow.
We will update you all as to how our snow removal efforts are coming along in the next few weeks.
April 1 2013
With the temperatures in the 30′s and 40′ here at the course, ( we should be seeing upper 40′s and low 50′s by now) we are starting to think that spring may be just around the corner. Taking a walk around the course the past few days has shed some light on actual snow depths out on some of our greens. While this March has shown us that we truly are at the mercy of Mother Nature, there are a few things that we can do to help her welcome in Spring.
Bentgrass greens can usually tolerate between 75 to 150 days of continuous snow/ice cover. The cold-hardy Bent will be able to out-compete the weaker but more invasive Poa Annua because of this trait. Poa Annua is not cold tolerant and you may see injury in as little as 30 days of ice cover.
We are currently debating when would be the best time to try and get out and get these greens uncovered to help Mother Nature. The fact of the matter is that we can’t even GET to the greens with most of our equipment to move the snow. There are a few options when it comes to taking snow off the greens without damaging the surface and we are exploring all options at this time.
I would like to say I am paitently awaiting the arrival of spring but I’m sure I am not the only one who would do just about anything to trade in their winter boots for flip flops…
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