Believe it or not but yesterday was the first day of Winter and yes it was 50 degrees. Yes, it's even warmer today with a projected high of 63 degrees. So why is the golf course closed?
The course is completely saturated. The course received just under .75" of rain the past 48 hours, as well as another shot of rain this morning. On top of the rain, the ground has been in between freezing and thawing over the past few weeks. Albeit temperatures are forecasted to peak into the 60's in the next couple days, significant amounts of rainfall are projected for 5 out of the next 6 days.
Given the current course conditions, we feel that it is in the best interest of the golf course to eliminate traffic on all surfaces to ensure playing conditions are not jeopardized for the up and coming season. Any turf damage that occurs on saturated, slow growing turf is cumulative, not immediate. For example, any ball marks made on the greens in their current state will not heal properly due to the Creeping Bentgrass's slow growth rate. Which in turn makes the damaged ball marks susceptible to Poa Annua filling these voids. We have done an excellent job protecting our greens against this nasty weed and we will continue to do everything in our power to keep the greens a pure stand of Bentgrass. The last thing we want to do is start a battle with the infamous "Po Annua" as Johnny Miller likes to call it on TV
Thanks again for a great year!! We're already looking forward to the 2016 season!!
Happy holidays to everyone & a happy new year!!