Not Last Year's Spring

It may feel like the winter is dragging on, but this spring is much more normal than last year.  We continue to watch the weather patterns closely and monitor the course for its progress, but we are not getting any closer to opening the course.  It is always interesting looking back at pictures from the previous year.  This picture was taken today.

This picture was taken on March 20th last year.  At this point we had mowed the greens, tees and fairways multiple times.  We were in the middle of an unprecedented 9 straight days of 80 degree weather.

The sleet and freezing rain coming down now is still good for the precipitation, but the freezing temperatures are delaying any progress that can be made towards opening the course.

These two pictures do a good job illustrating the contrast from last year to this year.  This pictures was taken on March 14th last year.  The soil had thawed, dried and grass was growing very well by that time last year with these soil temperatures.

Compare that with this picture taken today.  The surface of the ground is still frozen.  I was able to find an old aeration hole to insert the thermometer.

Once the soil thaws, we will wait for any excess moisture to dry which will allow traffic on the surface without creating ruts.  After that we will need a few days to get the greens prepped for play after there long winter nap.  We do not have a projected opening date set for anything yet.  We will keep you updated with any changes as they occur.  We are ready for the winter to be over!
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