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Early morning tee times…


“Frost delay” is a term that can be very common on a golf course in the spring months.  These delays can sometimes be brief, but can also last as long as 2 hours depending on how quick and warm the atmosphere gets. Frost is something that can be very damaging to grass especially when it is driven on or it sees a lot of traffic. Frost forms even when temperatures are not necessarily at 32F.  If the sky is clear at night or early in the morning, a process called radiation cooling takes place.  This is when the earth loses heat and moisture trying to balance the earth’s energy.  Through evapotranspiration, the plant also loses moisture to the atmosphere.  If the temperature is cool enough, the cells inside the plant tissue start to freeze.  If the plant is walked or driven on, the cells can burst and potentially kill the plant.  This is why black or orange tracks are typically seen going across a fairway, tee, or even sometimes, a green.  If you are using a pull cart during a frost delay, please be mindful as to where you travel on the course. Thanks to the GCSAA for this published article.  Please click on the link for more information, GCSAA Frost Delay Announcement.


I understand that frost delays can be very frustrating, especially if you typically play early in the morning.  However, I ask for your patience and cooperation during these delays. It is definitely for the health and playability of the turf. We aggressively monitor the conditions and allow carts and traffic to resume on the turf as quickly as possible. Thanks for your understanding! See you on the course!

-Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent

frost damage

This is a perfect picture of what simple foot traffic and a pull cart can do to grass during a frost. These tracks will be seen for 2-3 weeks depending on how aggressively the grass is growing.


Author: Jason VanBuskirk

I am the past Golf Course Superintendent at Stow Acres Country Club located in Stow, MA. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Horticulture and Turfgrass Management. Before Stow Acres, I did an internship at one of the country's top 100 courses, The Stanwich Club located in Greenwich, CT. I worked as an Assistant Superintendent at Oakley Country Club located in Watertown, MA and Stow Acres Country Club South Course before becoming the Superintendent at Stow Acres CC. I am married to my soul mate and we have two incredible kids! My course counterpart, Kingston, loves riding shotgun in the cart. In my downtime, I enjoy working out, coaching hockey, and playing with our kids. Hope you enjoy the blog!

2 thoughts on “Early morning tee times…

  1. Jason, I played in the Senior Fourball on Monday and Tuesday and have to commend you on the course condition. Most players look for green consistency and I would have to say you have achieved that on all 36 holes. Putting was a pleasure. Thank you. I did notice that I had no difficulty using my range finder for yardage into the greens. The flagsticks had a piece of reflector tape on them. I would imagine this was why I could “hit” them so easily. Is this a product that is available as I would like to suggest it at my club. I appreciate any help in this matter. Thanks again.
    Bruce Ziemski

  2. Bruce,

    Thank you very much for your kind feedback. We take a lot of pride in our work here on the entire property, especially our greens. In regards to the reflective tape on our flagsticks, my assistant Kevin Bracken found the product. It does work quite well. I have included a link for purchase. We are considering upgrading to the reflective nut for the top of the flagstick. Those run about $30 each from Par Aide or Standard Golf, but I feel the cost is worth the look. Something to consider. I’m glad you enjoyed the tournament. Congratulations on finishing under par!

    Jason VanBuskirk
    Golf Course Superintendent, Class A

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