This truly is the winter of our discontent.
Here in Southern Ontario, I have probably sounded like an old fool in the past when I’ve stated winters aren’t what I remember as a kid with snow banks piled high along the roads, no place to throw the snow when you shovel it and frigid temperatures.
I now take all that back, at least for the winter of 2013-14, which began with a nasty ice storm just before Christmas. While the accumulation of snow has been considerable and the temperatures definitely biting, it’s the consistency of snow and cold that causes winter weariness.
It’s easy to get caught up in your own little world, but winter-weariness isn’t exclusive to Southern Ontario.
GNN blogger Tiffany Gordon talked here about coming back from Hawaii around the beginning of the year to white-out conditions and made note of the amount of snow the Calgary area had received by the time she contributed that blog about a month ago.
Out on the east coast, it seems as if they’re constantly being bombarded with snow this year, so it seems as if winter has a cold, icy grip on all of us.
On Friday, GNN linked up to this story by Rob O’Flanagan of the Guelph Mercury, which said that golf courses around that Southern Ontario region are concerned with how winter will affect their turf and how far back they will have to push their 2014 openings.
If that wasn’t enough, Southern Ontario was supposed to receive a weird mix of weather late last week in which the temperatures rose above 0 C and along with it came snow, freezing rain and rain accompanied at times by thunder and high winds.
A flood warning was issued for low areas and complicating matters was the fact that temperatures were supposed to begin plummeting again, threatening a flash freeze. Just what they need — more ice. On the positive side, it didn’t hit with the intensity first predicted, but there’s plenty of winter left and who knows what’s ahead or when spring will finally arrive?
Again, Southern Ontario wasn’t the only area affected by changing conditions that could have a detrimental effect on a golf course.
Just as I was leaving for the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando a month ago, Tiff e-mailed me to tell me temperatures there were suddenly expected to rise into the teens after all that snow she had talked about in her blog.
Of course, we all love at least a bit of a break with warmer temperatures, but we never know what’s coming behind it. If there’s a water build-up and then a freeze, it’s a problem and in Tiff’s case, with Cottonwood Golf and Country Club located next to the Bow River, there’s eventmore uncertainty.
About a month ago, the GNN Poll asked readers how they thought the golf course where they work was coming through winter. Half of them said there would be minor work to do in the spring, while 25 per cent said major work needed to be done and another 25 per cent said there was no problem at all.
Does that still hold true? Even if your golf course does come through the winter in good shape, will the snow and cold hang on long enough to push back your opening?
Will winter force the golf course where you work to open later than usual this year?
- YES (77%)
- NO (23%)
We’d also like to hear from you about how winter is affecting the area where you’re located. We welcome your thoughts and observations in the Comments section below.