Right now, it’s wait and see before we determine how golf courses in this area have come through winter.
It’s starting to melt and a lot of places have started to move snow. The melt is happening quickly. We’ve gone from February being horrendous to temperatures in March being 13, 15 or 16 Celsius, but you have to take that with a grain of salt.
You can say it’s going to be 16 today, but it’s only going to be 16 for about an hour and a half. It’s also going to be 16 one place and 10 in another, depending on where you are, so it’s all over the map and you get the nice, warm temperatures for a short period of time.
Many of the golf courses are trying to make sure there’s no pooling of water by trying to get it to run – get it away from greens, tees and low areas in the fairways the best they can.
We’ve gone from a lot of snow to not much and the best thing that can happen is that we get an early start.
All we can do is just let it happen as Mother Nature wants it to happen. The worst thing that can happen is that the grass gets exposed and all of a sudden, we get a cold snap with no cover.
Our long-term forecast looks decent, but the frost is deep from what I understand, so it’s going to take awhile to free up the irrigation.
If we can get an early jump, let’s just hope we can keep it going. It wasn’t a great year for us in 2018 and it was a tough February.