As we roll out of a very long, particularly brutal winter, and look forward to a warm and sunny golf season, we would like to take the time to address some damage that we are experiencing at Enger Park.
As some of you may have heard, many courses in our region and the Twin Cities are seeing damage to turf as a result of the unprecedented winter. The damage was caused by unusually cold temperatures and/or extended snow cover. In the case of 9 holes at Enger Park, a mid-December slush storm, followed by severe cold temps and extended snow cover has been identified as the primary culprit for the damage. Even more specifically, Poa Annua, grass used on our greens, is susceptible to what is called crown hydration injury during winter months. The injury occurs when water enters the crown of the plant. If that water freezes and forms ice crystals within the plant, the ice ruptures the plants cells and causes the plant to die.
During the recovery period, certain conditions will be below our normal standards. Some of the damage will impact aesthetics only, but other areas will impact playability to some extent. Recovery efforts are underway and are our teams top priority. Please understand that while recovery efforts are in full gear, the process will not be instantaneous.
On behalf of the
entire team at Duluth Golf we ask that you have patience as we work to quickly
address and remedy the situation. We are committed to being transparent and
honest during the entire recovery process. We will update all of our
communication channels weekly with turf updates, so please keep an eye out on
our social channels, emails and website. Please see below for more links that
will help shine some light about winter turf damage in the area as well as a
greater scientific breakdown explaining how and why winter turf damage happens.
- The team at Enger Park and Lester Park
Scientific Explanation of Winter Turf Damage