As this blog was being posted at GNN on Wednesday, the high in Calgary was supposed to be 14 C with mainly sunny conditions and it’s supposed to stay that way at least until Sunday.
This winter has been great for people with some of the temperatures we’ve been getting, but it hasn’t been great for the golf course. We’ve had to work hard this winter to keep slush and ice off the greens.
The biggest job came in December when we had a huge melt.
There had been a ton of snow, so we shoveled the greens dry, let them dry out and tarped a numbed of them. We’ve done the same thing twice since then just to keep it out from under the tarps and getting on to the greens.
This winter has been totally different from last year and when it does get warm, you don’t want them to heat up too much with the tarps down.
I’m pretty optimistic we’re going to have a nice spring and that the greens will be fine. We have poa in the fairways, so it might not look good until June, but it looks as if the golf course will come through it mostly unscathed.
I’m very happy with the aeration and topdressing programs we’ve been working with for the last four or five years.
Tyler Patroch, our superintendent, and his crew walk the golf course almost every day to keep an eye on things, so I know every is being done that we can do, but it’s a reality that we also have to count on Mother Nature, as well.
People are funny. They’ll say, `It’s pretty nice out, so are you going to open early?’ My reaction is always that winter can return big time during March in this area.
We’ll go into the temptation to open early in my next blog.