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Frost Delay? Again?!?

First off, I’d like to welcome you to the new blog, “The Friendly Fellows”, for Fellows Creek Golf Club and Banquet Center.  We’ll be using this blog to communicate with you by way of stories, tips, facts, and other tidbits.

Today I wanted to take some time to discuss frost.  We’re in that part of the season when the golf day can easily be shortened by as many as four hours because of that pesky frost.  We don’t want to hold up your game, but when frost is on the course we have to wait until it clears.

Frost is basically frozen dew that has crystallized on the grass, which makes the grass hard and brittle.  And since the grass blades are 90% water they also freeze.  Therefore walking or driving on frost-covered grass causes the blades to break, which takes away their ability to function normally.

When frost-covered grass is damaged it creates a thinner putting service and increases the chance for disease and weeds to settle in.

As golf enthusiasts we don’t like to delay play, but we’re concerned about turf damage and the lasting effects that would decrease the course quality for our golfers.  Frost also creates difficulty for the maintenance staff, because they must also wait for the frost to thaw in order to get onto the course for regular mowing, cup changing, and other tasks.  So please understand that when we delay play for a frost delay we are simply trying to improve your experience here at Fellows Creek Golf Club.

If you have any comments or questions about frost or frost delays, then please don’t hesitate to let us know.  You can email me, Assistant General Manager Jeff LeBlanc, at JLeBlanc@FellowsCreekGolf.com at any time, and I will get you an answer as quickly as possible.