It’s not the pumpkins I’m worried about. It’s the turfgrass.
Frost delays in the spring and fall are common. The delays are an inconvenience to both the members and the maintenance staff.
Frost is the formation of ice crystals in and on the grass plants due to low overnight temperatures. Foot and cart traffic will rupture the plant cells causing severe injury or death. We make every attempt to provide an accurate estimate of the time that we can allow play to begin. This can be difficult because there are several factors that effect this decision. Density of frost, temperature, tree shade and sun angle all play an important role in the estimation.
Once the frost has melted, the grounds crew still needs to complete leaf blowing, mowing, course setup and bunker maintenance prior to play.
We appreciate your patience while we do our best to protect your golf course!
Check Out This Informative USGA Video!
Illustration of How Just a Few Golfers Would Kill Frosted Turf