As the days get shorter and the temperatures get colder frost delays become more prevalent.
Frost Delays not only interrupt the start of your round but also the start of the maintenance crew’s day. You may be asking yourself; “What happens if I walk on turf that has frost?”
Walking on frost-covered greens causes the plant to break and cell walls to rupture, thereby losing its ability to function normally. When the membrane is broken, much like an egg, it cannot be put back together.
Golfers who ignore frost delays will not see immediate damage. The proof generally comes 48-72 hours later as the plant leaves turn brown and die. The result is a thinning of the putting surface and a weakening of the plant. The greens in turn become more susceptible to disease and weeds. Damaged greens are also very slow to recover.
For the long term health of the golf course turf, it is necessary to delay play until frost has subsided once that has occurred the golfer can begin his or her round and the maintenance staffs can continue with the daily tasks. The maintenance staffs will do the very best to get your round started as soon as possible.
We appreciate your patience during this time of year and ask that you contact the course in the morning before your tee time to see if a frost delay will affect your time of play.