I am not much of an alarmist and there is very little I can do to change the weather and deal with flash freezes. Driving the course and seeing the puddles everywhere did give me serious deja vu from a decade ago. I was going to dig through the archives to show Chris but then remembered the display I created for the Board and membership showing the damage and recovery. So I took a picture of the picture. See the similarities in the pattern of the puddle on 4 fwy? This is the same on every fairway where there is a puddle.
There is no guarantee that we will experience turf loss but seeing all this water and having these warm days and cold nights does leave a pit in my stomach. So you might ask yourself what can be done to avoid this? Simple answer is strip the sod, re-grade the fairway to remove the low areas and install internal drainage to take excess water away. Depending on how large the area the cost associated with such work is not so simple, however. Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope we won't be the ones dealing with dead grass this spring.
|9 Pictures do not show how shiny/icy everything is.|