Today is October 2nd, and the course had its firs frost delay this morning. This has to be as early a frost as I can remember in my years as a golf course superintendent. This creates a perfect opportunity to once again discuss why we delay play when we have frost on the grass. It really is quite simple, when there is frost on a blade of grass, and you apply traffic to that grass, the edges of the frost will puncture the cell wall of the grass and kill all of the cells. If the crown of the grass is punctured, the entire plant will die.
As we get to November, we will shift our stating tee to number ten everyday. The back nine always becomes ready to play much faster than the front nine. The sun exposure is much quicker on the back nine, plus the lower elevation on the front nine are the reasons for this. The colder morning will require that we move our first tee time later to minimize delays caused by the frost. We do all of this to prevent damage to the grass that can happen as easily as someone walking on it.
We do everything we can to minimize your inconvenience as golfers, and realize that your time is valuable. So please know that we will always get you on the course as soon as it is safe for the grass.