Friday, October 29, 2010
Frost occurs when the temperature and dew point are both under 40 degrees and there is little to no wind. This causes the dew to be very thick and then it freezes on the plant. Under normal conditions the Bentgrass acts like a sponge when walked on, but when the temperatures are below 40 degrees, the leaf blades freeze and become brittle. When someone walks on grass that is brittle and cannot absorb the weight, the leaf blade will shatter and die. This is what causes the brown footprints that will appear a day or so after the initial damage. The maintenance staff will be every morning closely monitoring the status of the frost delay and once it is clear the course will be opened.
Thank you for your patience during this off-season and stay warm!