Amazing stretch of weather we are having. What does that mean for the golf course? It is always scary to have big warmups in February because the turf can start to grow and then you can get a major cold snap. These wide swings in temperature during dormancy break can be potentially dangerous, but it appears there are no below zero type arctic chills ahead in the near future. Also the ground is thawing and there is adequate moisture to avoid desiccation. So this unseasonal weather isn't scaring me as much as it could in other years. We have been watering greens with our deep-line system just to be safe, and they appear in good shape as of now.
Crazy as it seems, we are likely to start charging up the regular irrigation system today. That will be one of the earliest charge-ups ever. There was a year we irrigated on February 10. Unfortunately it was necessary to blowout again, but the turf was extremely dry that winter and needed irrigation badly. We are not in dire need of irrigation right now, but it looks like by next week if this trend continues our turf might need a drink so we will be ready.
We have considered opening the course early on a limited basis but at this point we are sticking with our normal March 1 opening date.
Enjoy this spring-like weather and hope it gets you in the mood for golf.