Golf ball sized hail and tropical like rainfalls were not asked for
this week - they did however decide to turn up! Courses either saw
direct damage to putting surfaces from the golf ball sized hail or if
they avoided that problem, they then took a deluge of water which
measured as much as 1.6" of rainfall in just over an hour. To
give you an idea, to put down an inch of water over 1 acre you need
27,154 gallons of water, so on average golf courses with 100 acres
received 2,715,400 gallons of water in less than an hour. That can
equate to as much as 1/5 of the total irrigation used annually for
some courses in the area - this occurred in 1 HOUR. If
you do not feel that this is incredible then please take me out to
Lake Michigan so I can watch you walk on water.
Once the deluge was done, temperatures and conditions actually turned
rather favorably. Chainsaws, contractors and cleanup were the order
of the day, and of course with Memorial Day weekend coming, pressure
is really on. Courses have decided that they cannot wait any longer
and people have begun to sod out areas that are sitting there. It's
far from ideal as there are both short and long term implications,
but as people want to get back out golfing then there is not much
choice. Leaf spot has made an appearance and further down state
dollar spot has really started to fire.
Recovery should really start in earnest with the temperatures pushing
consistently into the 70's and 80's though it is also time to start
really checking for disease issues as humidity is going to creep up.
It is Memorial Day weekend so the start of summer is here - hopefully
this bumpy start is coming to a rapid finish and we can get back to
great golfing conditions.