As the snow is melts we are seeing the true damage to the greens at the East course. We have started tarping greens with a permeable (breathable) cover to help warm up the soil temperatures and promote growth. there Until we get some warm rains and temperatures and the turf starts growing we will not know the extent of the damage. There is definitely damage some greens worse than others. We will be starting the year off with some greens partially closed and may even have a few greens completely closed.
The picture on the left shows a few golf course superintendents from Guelph, London, and Toronto meeting with David Otis from the United States Golf Association at the Cutten Fields GC discussing the damage. Golf courses all over Southern Ontario and the North Eastern United States have suffered from the harsh winter. Not every golf course is affected and some are worse than others.
The good news for Victoria Park members and guests is the Victoria Park Valley course’s greens did not suffer any ice damage because of the new greens still have 100% creeping bent grass which is much more tolerant than annual blue grass. We hope to have the Valley course open for play Easter Weekend weather permitting.
Until next time…. David