The snow is almost totally gone and the course is looking good despite the prolonged cold temperatures. We had a few great days but this morning I wake up to find snow lying on the ground again on the course. I thought we were done with this stuff!!! The weather does look like it is going to improved by the end of the week and start to get back into some spring temperatures. If you haven’t already guessed it from my previous blogs, superintendents are kind of obsessed with the weather. It’s part of the job.
We cut all of our greens for the first time on Friday. The were actually very long despite the cold temperatures. The grass actually grows under the snow pack so the turf height that you go into the winter as is not the same that you come out of. We had to dump our buckets about 4 times per green when usually you may have to dump them once. Check out the video below of the first cut of the season. It is of me cutting the putting green.
The Turf Crew is working hard to get the course in shape for opening day which is on Saturday April 30th. We have been concentrating on removing some dead and dangerous trees and general course cleanup. The clubhouse is up and ready to go with now issues from sitting dormant over the winter. This week I hope to cut our tees and fairways for the first time as they are looking pretty shaggy as well.
Until Next Time,
Course Superintendent and General Manager