Being proactive in planning is the key to success in almost any situation. With a seemingly colder winter approaching, it is time to plan for ways to protect the facilities. If the high temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for at least 72 hours it is advisable to cover the greens to prevent damage.
In 2013, Texas experienced a severe cold season and the golf course came close to losing 2 greens from freezing. Because of this, in October of 2014 we made the decision to invest in green covers for the course. The covers chosen were custom made for the green sizes. Covers for the entire course was a significant investment, however it was a cost that we felt could be justified in order to prevent green loss when it could cost much more to rebuild the lost greens.
Just a few short months after ordering and receiving the green covers the North Texas area experienced another extreme weather event with extended periods of temperatures below freezing and freezing precipitation. Preplanning and foresight allowed us to position the covers before these weather events occurred in order to be able to quickly place them. All in all we used them 4 times that winter season with 5 days as the longest duration they were used. No greens were lost that year!
With these experiences under our belt, we have begun preparations for the upcoming colder weather. Today the green covers were strategically placed near all areas so that they will be able to be quickly placed if the forecast indicates extended periods of freezing temperatures.
These type of situations are great examples of how important being proactive can be to the success of any venture!