Mark Herrmann reports that the harsh winter may affect the upcoming golf season.
A couple of big-time LI superintendents I saw over the winter said that the snow cover actually is a good insulator from the ravages of winter. But they added that ice is a real killer.
Even before today’s snowfall, the USGA sent out a directive Friday about preliminary studies of damage in the Northeast. It appears that there has been some, at least on the courses that have made early attempts to check. It’s not the scent of spring they smelled, either. They said a foul odor coming from a section of grass under the snow/ice is a bad sign and that has been witnessed at some courses (it was not revealed if any of those were on Long Island). They say that gases percolate and get trapped under ice, especially on greens.
I guess we’ll know once things start to thaw.