January 2017

I know that most of you will be shocked to know that we can get some pretty cold temperatures in the winter months. 2017 has been no exception to this rule in that the first week of this year has seen below freezing bone chilling cold. From a golf course maintenance standpoint, I welcome the sustained cold weather-particularly since we have over a foot of snow cover everywhere to offer insulating protection to the turf. What we do not want is a huge thaw followed by a hard freeze. This creates a layer of gas exchange preventing ice that can be deadly to turf. I feel very good about the design and turf health on the golf course going into the winter having both built and managed it over the past 15 years. Regardless of the conditions, I feel confident that we will be fine coming out of winter and if any areas do not survive, we will promptly repair them. I have learned over the years that worrying over that which one has no control over is a fool’s game. Save your energy for tasks that make a positive difference for your workplace, home, and community.

I have an I.D. question for you animal people out there. One of the trail cameras on the golf course took this picture sometime in the past few days. Not sure what this is since there is nothing in the picture to show any scale. My thought initially is a wolf since we have seen sign before-but I am not sure. Any help you could offer me with this would be much appreciated.

Wolf or Dog?

Stay warm and please do not hesitate to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions at all regarding the golf course.


Vincent Dodge, CGCS