As winter is getting closer to setting in on Riverlands Golf and Country Club I thought it would be a great time to remind everyone of a few winter rules we need to abide by. These rules are set in place to help protect your golf course and the turf you enjoy playing on. Please help us keep better care of your course during our winter months!
1) - Frost delays - This may be the most important rule for your turf. When you arrive at our club and you see nothing but winter white everywhere please remember that we are not allowed to walk on the frosted turf. when you step or ride on frosted turf it causes the cells inside of the turf to basically explode which kills the plant tissue. While the temperatures may not be below 32 degrees outside the frost causes a freezing effect. once walked on these areas will die out leaving foot prints or tire tracks that will not heal over until next spring. The same goes for frozen turf. last year we had some people walk around on #5 green when it was frozen which left us with about a 5' section in the middle of the green that stayed dead until mid spring when it finally grew back in.
Your maintenance crew is experienced in frost removal and will do everything within our power to get you out on the course as soon as it is possible. As the winter progresses we will reach a point where we cannot use our irrigation system to remove the frost (the water will just freeze). At this point we will have to wait until the sun thaws out the frost. If we happen to stay cold enough for a long enough time the turf will go dormant. As long as it is completely dormant (down to the crown of the plant) we will be able to waive the frost delay to some extent. For all of the members that drive your carts to the course, do not drive across the frosted fairways straight to the clubhouse. You need to enter the course either through the main roadway, by #6 canal or by #4 green. I know by habit you are used to driving straight out of your backyard onto the course. This is not an option when we have frost on the ground. It is your course please take care of it.
2) freezing weather - We generally do not see to many freeze days during our southern winters. but we have a standing rule if it is 33 degrees or lower the course will be shut down until it warms up. I know we have a few troopers that can play in just about any weather but we need to keep in mind the health of our turf comes first.
3) Tee times and frost delays - Our pro shop staff is responsible for maintaining the tee times in the order they were given with the new starting time of when the course was actually open for play. During the winter you need to expect that on any day your tee times may be shifted by the amount of time of our frost delay! you may contact the pro shop during the morning to check and see about your tee times.