We are so fortunate and blessed that golf never stopped in North Carolina, and it brings me great pleasure knowing golf has restarted across the country and abroad. I pray for my peers in Scotland they will soon be permitted to join the rest of us.
So, what all has happened since last time? April was much cooler than March with many sunny days accompanied with strong northerly breezes. That cool, dry Canadian air kept the grass in check and slowed the fast start the golf course got off to in March. On the first day of astrological spring this year (March 19th) we were more than three weeks ahead of an average year based on cumulative growing degree days. By the end of April that head start had shrunk to only two weeks.
But despite all those cool, dry, breezy days April contained some major heavy rain events and our total for the entire month equaled 7.24 inches and the sixth wettest April on record! We received 5.44 inches of that total in only three events!
Then May started cooler than April with two morning lows in the 30s! We set a record low of 36 degrees on May 12th, we even had patchy frost in the rough! Needless to say we are no longer way ahead of schedule based on GDD measurements.April was our 6th wettest on record this year. Which is saying something because normally it's our driest month of the year. #cltwx #ncwx #scwx pic.twitter.com/iCjIESyqsL— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) May 2, 2020
|Frost May 12, 2020|
A couple of course related items before I wrap up. We made the switch from inverted cups to cups with the foam pool noodle insert based on a request. Seems a few folks may have encountered some potentially holed shots not remaining holed on the inverted setup, including a possible ace - sorry! Since making the switch the feedback has all been positive. I still eagerly await the day we can remove the noodle and hear that sweet sound of the ball falling into the cup, but for now safety first!
Also, the committee fielded a request by a group to try something different with the way we prepare and present the bunkers for daily play. The "Aussie" method, as it is commonly called, keeps the sloped portions of the bunkers firm and smooth with only the flatter bottom portion raked as pictured below. The name comes from the famous Melbourne sand belt as most courses there maintain their bunkers this way.
|CGC No. 8|
That's all for now, time to check on the team's progress this morning as we prep following last night's soaking rain. The golf course took on 1.20 inches rainfall and I'm happy to say no cart restrictions were necessary at the start of the day, but more rain is expected over the next three days! Crazy weather. Stay safe everyone!
See you on the course,
Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG