Friday, February 18, 2011

A River Runs Through It

Over the last few days with highs in the mid to upper 60's we have had a lot of melting snow. We went from highs in the negative numbers earlier this month to highs that we normally experience in spring. This unseasonably warm windy weather has reduced over a foot of snow into raging rivers in a matter of 3 days. Since mother nature is giving us a hand in the melting we took the opportunity to remove snow from some of our shaded greens, fairways and approaches. We have had snow cover in these areas for just over six weeks, so it is about time to start removing the snow. In those six weeks we monitored the areas and we saw no sings on ice so that is why we left the snow on. That snow cover also helped protect the turf from the record cold we had in late January and early February. But with the extremely fast melting snow on these greens and cold freezing nights lately we starting to develop small ice layers in spots. Now with the snow gone the sun was able to work on the ice and in a matter of a day the greens we have cleared are free of snow and ice.

# 3 fairway Mountain course

Close up of a green that was covered with snow
Looking pretty good

Little or no ice on #3 green Mountain