In the current forecast, I see a change for the better, with temperatures rising closer to normal. Unfortunately, I also see some regular precipitation. Everyone at the golf course is anxious for spring to arrive. We are looking forward to getting back to a routine on maintenance work and seeing the friendly golfers out on the course.
So far it has been a brutal winter with very few golfing days. We have had to chip more ice off of the cart path this winter than has been done in the previous 11 winters combined. The ground is wet, and will be wet for a long time to come. As temperatures rise, and the frost comes out of the ground, moisture will come with it.
With all of the snow this winter, there are areas covered with Snow Mold. This is a disease that attacks turf when it is covered with snow for a prolonged period of time.
In my years, I have seen Snow Mold several times, but never like this year. Normally, it is simply superficial, and grows back rather quickly. I certainly hope that is the case again this year.
The temperature is a balmy 10 degrees as I write this post. It is weird to think that we are already making arrangements for our spring aerification that is scheduled for three weeks from today. The greens have a long way to go to be ready for aerification.
The winter has been so harsh, that many of the scheduled projects have been delayed. As the temperatures rise, we will work to finish up what has been started, and hopefully have time to get a few more done.
I am sure that all of you have cabin fever, and are anxious to get back on the course. Hopefully this will happen soon, and we can all enjoy a long, pleasant spring. To get you excited, I will leave you with this picture of number 10 green, taken on a warm summer day. See you all soon!!!!!