Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mid Winter Thaw

This is 18 green after clearing the snow . ( Also a thorough Pressley inspection!)

We saw our second thaw of the winter the week of February 13-19. We cleared all greens of ice and snow as well as surrounding banks that would melt down onto greens. Approximately 99% of the course was clear of snow and ice. We were able to inspect the turf and we were pleased as to what we saw. All turf preventively treated was free of winter disease(snow mold) and showed great color. The drainage furrows we cut into greens last fall to assist with water moving off the putting surfaces were working nicely.
Subsequently, 2 days later we received our biggest snow fall of the winter. Almost 11 inches came down on Sunday February 20. To date we are still covered course wide. All indications at this point show that so far mother nature and our work is keeping winter damage to a minimum. 

This is the putting green after snow removal.  We were able to successfully clear the three inches of ice seen in this photo.
Forecast shows further warming trends so we will have a constant eye on snow melt, possible ice build up, and turf conditions.

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