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The first significant Fall frost…

Frost delay is a term that will become common as the season starts nearing to an end.  These delays can sometimes be brief, but can also last as long as 3-4 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 radiational 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 tracks are typically seen in late Fall going across a fairway, tee, or even sometimes, a green.  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 also ask for your cooperation in obeying the signs on both practice greens. I understand that walking is still allowed on the courses during a frost, but the practice greens typically see almost 50x the amount of traffic than regular greens. Practicing on these greens during a frost delay could result in severe turf injury or even death. 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!

Lower Practice green under a frost delay. Please stay off until the sign is removed. Thank you!

Lower Practice green under a frost delay. Please stay off until the sign is removed. Thank you!

-Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent

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The Brave Reality of Managing Grass…

Although my relationship with Michael Stachowicz is not extremely close or extensive, after reading his most recent blog post this morning, I felt immediately related to him.  Any one person that can write with that much emotion and put it all on the line for industry professionals to read welcomes you into just little a view of his daily thought process.  Someone of his stature, wisdom, skill, and work ethic offers this side of, “Hey, this is the real me and this is what I’ve dealt with” allows the reader to connect mentally.  So I called Mike.  I had never talked to him on the phone, but we talked for 30 minutes.  Knowing full well all of the topics we would have in common through the blogosphere and twitter land, the conversation was enlightening and educating.  After reading his post and then talking to him on the phone, I know this man is destined for continued and future success.  I feel as though his post demands publication in not just turf magazines, but clubhouse business and PGA magazines.  It’s the type of message that everyone that is invested in the game of golf should read.  It’s important, serious, emotional, and even a little psychological.  Please read the following, you will not be disappointed.

Greenkeeping and the Emotional Toll by mstachowicz