As about everybody across Canada knows, Alberta got hit with its first real blast of winter recently.
We shut down at Thanksgiving and we didn’t get snow until recently. There were days in late October when it was nice out and when the first snow hit, the golf course was still very green, but I sleep easy knowing that we got everything done that we needed to do before winter set in.
We got all of our greens put to bed and our tees. We did a good aeration on the fairways and did the topdressing. We got all the leaves cleaned up – that’s the worst when leaves get left down before winter sets in.
The nice weather for about five weeks was a bonus and the crew wasn’t out there working in -15 C temperatures.
We had a few little projects we wanted to get done in the clubhouse, then boom! Winter hit and I’m glad we got everything done because we wouldn’t get the chance now.
There’s no crystal ball with the weather and I must admit that if I was running a public golf course, I might have been tempted to stay open a little longer than we did.
I’ve heard of some great successes out here among the courses that did stay open, which I’m happy to hear. They made some extra revenue in what has been a challenging year. When that happens, things look a little better going into next year.
Down here in the valley, there are certain things you need to get done or you spend the entire winter wondering what’s going to happen when it thaws in the spring.
You can’t lose sight of he asset you have out there and I feel comfortable that we’ve done everything we can do to set us up for peace of mind over the coming winter.