As I stated in my last newsletter the weather this time of year is unpredictable and changes very quickly. The multiple forecasts that I look at have winter setting in a little early this year.
Therefore the last day the golf course will be open is this Sunday, October 29th.
Tomorrow, the golf course will more than likely remain closed, due to freezing temperatures and snow. The hope is that the snow will melt and temps will rise enough to play golf on Sunday around noon.
Frost delays shorten our days considerably to get the necessary tasks completed to prepare the golf course for 5 months of winter. We need to leave time to clear all leaves of playing surfaces and mulch them, get our final snow mold applications out, topdress greens and tees, deep-tine those areas, bring in all of the course accessories and get all of the other necessary tasks completed before it’s too cold. With the process of covering greens, we need no frost delays coupled with little to no wind. The covers need to go on properly and can take several days to complete. We then need to place over 1500 sand bags to divert snow melt water away from getting under the covers. Snow fences also need to be placed where winter desiccation can occur. We will be extremely busy the next 7 to 14 days getting everything completed and hope the weather cooperates to do so. The scenario is not ideal with such a short change in weather, but we need to protect the course for next season.
We have been fortunate with sunny days, minimal frost delays and well above average temperatures over the past month. It was easy to forget that winter is almost here with how nice it’s been. My staff and I are sad to see the season come to an end, but as soon as the covers go on we will be counting the days until we take them off next spring!
If you have any questions feel free to contact me at any time.
Thank you for another great year,