Typically throughout the winter I make no attempt to scout the golf course, my rule is as long as there's snow cover and it's frozen there is nothing we can do to change what Mother Nature has in store for us anyways. Last week many of us in the golf industry attended the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Florida and for me that's my indicator as to when we need to get on the course and check it out. Since the 10th of November the golf course has been covered in snow. A lot of snow. We are at twice our annual snow accumulation for this time of year.
So with the forecast this week predicting above normal temperatures, I thought it would be wise to scout the golf course and see where things are at. But I really don't have much to report, and we should all look at that as a good thing. Snow depths are anywhere from 12-24" and over 95% of the course is covered in snow. That's a lot of snow to melt in the next 6 weeks and guaranteed we will have more snow before we see green blades of grass.
So if you're a snowbird or have vacation plans scheduled, stick to your plan, it's going to be a while before we even begin to consider when we might be open for play.