Well the worst possible weather situation has occurred again this past week. Highs of 79 on the 21st down to a low of 1 degree on the night of the 24th. As we talked about in a previous post this is the type of situation you fear in February. The warmer than normal temperatures wake the grass up and then whammy. We will have to wait and see what kind of an effect this has on the turf. In January there was a temperature swing from -20 to 60 in ten day span-a drastic swing for sure. To put that into perspective that would be like going from 100 down to 20 in July. That would be a shocker!! Turf is able to withstand extremes like that in mid-winter because it is dormant but as we near March grass starts to break that dormancy due to higher sun angle, daylength, and temperatures. This is when damage to the plant can occur as the crown starts to hydrate and then freezes during a quick cold snap.
Before this last week the turf was brown but there was lots of green ready to spring up. We expect some slight damage from this cold snap but will wait to see the full extent.
Warmer temps are on the way and we should be able to open the course Friday March 3 in the afternoon.