I woke up Monday morning to about 30 cm of snow where I live in Calgary and in many places, its’s deeper.
It doesn’t really come as a surprise at this time of year in Calgary and they had been calling for it for quite some time. It started late Friday and into Saturday and by late Sunday, we had about 10 cm. It’s not overly cold.
The reality is that, as much as it’s an inconvenience, the snow isn’t here to stay. The long-range forecast says it will be partly sunny and 7 C on the weekend and up to 11 with some sun to start next week.
I talked with our superintendent Cameron Kusiek about mid-week and they got as much done as they could before the snow hit and they’ll be right back at it again when the snow disappears.
The biggest concern is that the snow is wet, so snapped branches are always a possibility due to the weight of the snow.
We’ve seen it before when snow hits early, but golf courses manage to get open for a couple of weeks again once it goes away. You have to juggle schedules if you’re teaching, but luckily I’ve got an indoor facility.
Unfortunately, this is about the time that golf courses have their year-end wind-ups and for many, those are often make-or-break events. We’re not closing until Oct. 20.
It’s all about communicating with your members, but most realize at this time of year, you’ve on borrowed time before the snow flies.