golf course weather management

Weather Management Tips for Golf Courses

All year round, changes in the weather affect golf courses. It’s true that warmer months sometimes present different challenges than cooler months. However, all seasons require special management techniques. The profitability of any golf course depends on how well managers successfully navigate severe weather patterns.

Handle Dry, Humid, and Hot Weather

Southern and western regions commonly experience dry, humid, and hot weather conditions. Greens turn brown and in the worst situations, they can be destroyed. To lessen the damage, we recommend using weather alerting software to be forewarned of long stretches of this type of weather. In addition, apply the least amount of chemical treatments.

Counter Against Cold and Freezing Weather

Northeast and Midwest regions often experience this type of weather. When spring comes around, the growth may not be as strong. This is known as winterkill. Another side effect is crown hydration freeze. When this happens, the ground absorbs melted ice and destroys the grass. Your best defense is to use protective covers over the greens.

Destroy Fungus Growth in all Climates

In cold weather, snow mold can form under the snow. Microdochium fungus patches can pop up when the weather is wet and cool. Extremely warm weather creates an environment for summer patches of fungus growth.

Prevention is the best solution. Use a fungicidal treatment three months ahead of the rainy or winter snow season. Meanwhile, immediately treat any fungus you see.

Plan for Chemical and Fertilizer Treatments

How effective treatments turn out depends on the weather conditions at application time. Usually, the allotted time frame for these treatments to work after applying is between two to three weeks.

Managers need to know when a large amount of rain is likely to fall to avoid any treatment being washed away. Since the cost of caring for greens can be in excess of $10,000 per treatment, accuracy in predicting rainfall and dry weather can save in annual operating costs. This is where weather alerting software can be indispensable.

Create an Active Weather Management Plan

Golf course managers need a plan that is easy to follow, works, and makes their jobs easier. A severe weather plan requires staff to be prepared for any threatening weather situation.

Make a checklist of steps to follow in bad weather scenarios. Assign roles to staff and then practice the steps. Knowledge and preparation will determine how feasible the plan is in real-life situations. In addition to using severe weather alert software, consider employing an outdoor alerting system. It is a helpful tool to alert staff and patrons of approaching bad weather.

Use Reliable Weather Information

Trusting a reliable weather source is important to any severe weather action plan. Free sources are not comprehensive enough to relay precise weather changes especially when it pertains to exact locations.

Perry Weather’s golf course weather forecasting software CourseCast is your partner for weather risk management.

Golf course property owners and managers rely on it to provide:

  • Custom solution integration
  • Inventory reports – weather-corrected for past and future
  • Setting capabilities for individual courses
  • Weather data for specific courses

Planning for severe weather for your golf course property is serious enough not to risk guessing at it. Manage golf course weather with CourseCast, and you’ll always be prepared. Start your free trial today!


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