It has been a long and cold winter, but the shining sun is a great indication that spring is just around the corner. For those of you who haven’t been to the course in the last couple of weeks, I am happy to tell you the new greens have wintered very well. We pulled the tarps off last week and saw that nice dormant brown look of the new bentgrass. The main difference you will notice this spring of the new greens is how brown and dormant the bentgrass is compared to the old poa. With a couple of days of warm weather the old poa would be green and look ready to open. The new bentgrass goes so dormant that it takes much longer for it to break dormancy. This is how bentgrass survives ice cover and freeze thaw injury.
The rest of the golf course has wintered very well. Some small areas on a couple of the fairways look like winter injury but nothing of concern. The roughs and tees all look healthy and are waiting for some consistently warm weather.
Next week I will update you on the practice facility construction and remaining works to be completed this spring. I will provide a more detailed update on course conditions and how the new greens are coming out of dormancy.
Ian McQueen, Course Superintendent