You can talk about global warming and use March in the Toronto area as a perfect example, pointing out that it was 23 or 24 degrees Celsius a month ago, but as we all know, springtime in Canada can be unpredictable.
Last week, there was no snow on the ground in Markham, where I live, but when I got to Coppinwood, where you can see the par five sixth hole from the road, it was 100 per cent covered in snow.
What was funny was that Thom Charters, our director of golf course operations, does a great job of doing a daily greens report about pin placements, what work they’re doing and where, or what maintenance is going on around the golf course.
When the white stuff made it’s appearance last week, it simply said, “Course closed due to snow removal.”
Around here, a lot of people have already gotten 10 to 15 rounds in because of the mild spring, then came late April and we’ve got snow. You just never know at this time of year if it’s going to be two or 22 degrees.
The snow doesn’t do any damage. If anything, we needed some moisture because a week earlier, we were in dry conditions. Usually in April, we’re used to having the frost come out of the ground and the golf course being wet.
I still think we’ll get some more cool days, but later this week, it’s supposed to be 27 C, so who knows what nature will bring. It’s a lesson we’ve learned in the golf industry over the years.
All you can do is have a sense of humour and roll with the punches.