As I write this latest edition of Turf Talk – a rarity in itself – it’s Masters Sunday and only 1 thing can be said: that course looks a lot different than ours right now. I’m sure most of you noticed that it was a heavier snow year than usual (in fact, Silver Star ski resort recorded their deepest snow in the 68 years they’ve been keeping records) and it was no different up top at The Rise with our deepest and latest snow ever.
Currently, we have 5 holes that are more than 1/3 covered in snow and the only reason the greens and tees on those holes are open is because our (tenacious) Assistant Superintendent Tyler has been snow blowing them as best he can; the cold overnight temperatures are doing their best to stymie him as the snow freezes solid and doesn’t ease up until well into the day. Our faithful Equipment Technician Roland has almost all our equipment ready to go for us, we just need Mother Nature to flick the switch. On a positive note, the course faired very well over the winter due to a lack of ground freeze and Fall fungicide application on greens, tees approaches and some fairways. The benefits are most noticeable on holes, 10, 12 and 14 where we typically have some winter damage due to runoff on these holes.
I look forward to seeing you all out on the course soon,
Golf Course Superintendent