Frost can form when the air temperature is below 45 degrees; if we experience clear skies and calm winds, frost can settle in. Frost typically forms as the sun is rising, so if first light is 6:30 AM but sunrise isn't until 6:50 AM, frost may not settle in until 7:00 AM. So, when there is a strong chance it will settle in, maintenance will attempt to inform everyone beforehand to keep all patrons off of the grassy areas. Of note, we will use our on-site weather station for temperature readings to determine our frost threshold; as we have many microclimates on the property, readings from your phone app or O'Hare will vary from ours. One of our more noticeable microclimates that lends itself to earlier frost formation is the driving range target area, #1 and #2 on the 18, and #6 on the 9.
Kane Elizabeth (left) is a 10 yr old Pitbull Lab Mix. Stella (right) is a 7 yr old Australian Cattle Dog/Terrier Mix.
Meet Andrew Cross, our new Golf Course Superintendent and his geese herding dogs (both rescues), Kane & Stella. Andrew will be working alongside our current superintendent, Chris Pekarek to ensure a smooth transition before Chris retires in May.
How did the golf course turf fare over this winter? We begin to assess the golf course turf in early February in advance of opening the golf course for the year.
It's the season when there are frost delays at the Links. The average 1st frost in Glen Ellyn occurs October 6th. Cold nights in the Fall increase the chance frost will form on the golf course turf. If carts or foot traffic are allowed on the course while there is frost, there may be significant damage to the turf.
Our fall turf aeration is underway. Many people ask what aeration is and what our process is. We aerify all playing surfaces each fall to open up channels in the turf for water movement, provide plants access to nutrients and to allow natural gases in the soil profile to escape and oxygen to reach the plants roots.