We’ve been getting warm temperatures here, but just like that, winter can return as we all know and we’re now down into the single digits, but temperatures do feel that much warmer as winter comes to an end.
Some golf courses opened on the weekend and people are asking if we’ll get an early jump on the season.
An early jump to me is still the middle of April. We typically shoot for the third week of April, but I don’t remember the last time we hit that target. It’s usually the first week of May.
We’ll get the range open, even if it’s just on the weekends, just to get a buzz going and to get people around.There could still be some winter left, but the good thing is that the buzz is going and the phone has been ringing.
There’s so much to do and even when the snow’s gone, it still stays wet and soupy and you can create more damage. Mid-March to mid-April is a stressful time for superintendents and their crews and I have respect for what they’ve got to say.
The golf course is a shared responsibility and it’s our job to make sure that the members are communicated to, so they understand what we’re doing and why we’re maybe a week behind other courses, which is normal down where we’re located.
We don’t want to get ahed of ourselves, but if we can offer a pleasant surprise for the members, we will do it. If we get the word that we can open a little earlier than expected, I’ll give it the old, `Are you sure?’
Then, we’ll send out an e-mail and say, `Guess what? The tee sheet is open.’
I just don’t want to get into a situation in which we’ll tell them we’re open at noon Wednesday, then change it to noon on Thursday, then noon on Friday, If we do that, the members will be asking do we know what we’re doing?
Everybody can’t wait to get the season going, but once you do, you want to start on a positive note instead of being stalled coming out of the gate.