With winter settling in here in Alberta, one of the challenges ahead is the Chinooks that blow in and raise our temperatures several times a year.
When that happens, areas of the golf course get dry and bare and that’s when you have issues. I don’t like the snow, but it’s good for the golf course and the nature of our area is that it could get warm again at any time.
What people who don’t regularly experience the Chinooks don’t realize is that it can be dramatic temperature changes. We’ll have days when it can get up to 10 to 12 C and then everything melts followed by a freeze.
The freeze-thaw, freeze-thaw routine can cause havoc on your fairways and greens.
Last week, I had a few appointments in the city that I was supposed to go to, but the roads were a skating rink, but it’s not uncommon for us to see five or six Chinooks in the winter and sometimes, you might get more than that.
I’d personally just like to get a cover of snow and have it stay because the freeze-thaw is a detriment in any of your low-lying areas.
When we did a renovation three or four years ago, we tried to deal with the areas of our greens that were low. There were areas in the fairways where we added more drainage, but at the end of the day, you can’t get everything.
The only thing you can do is set yourself up in your fall preparation to be successful in protecting your golf course from the elements.