I can't seem to find one post or update on the golf course.  Last I checked it still wasn't open.  Anyone have any updates?  I heard from some people that it was heavily damaged from rain?  Let me know i would love to head up there soon.  

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From the reports I read elsewhere about how it played last Friday.

"Played it last Friday, it is sad, lots of dead fairway grass, sandy greens and the the course was soaked. Many of us that day lost balls in the fairway. The greens were furry but playable."

That's just amazing to hear.  Usually it is in pristine condition with the tee sheets full every weekend.  What the hell is going on there? 

From nearest I can tell that storm/melt/freeze we had in January left icebergs on the low lying, shady, flat areas that lasted basically all winter. Serious winter kill.

On a plus note it sounds like SL is playing fabulously.

Playing SL today, SR tomorrow. I'll give a full report!

Wheeler said:

From nearest I can tell that storm/melt/freeze we had in January left icebergs on the low lying, shady, flat areas that lasted basically all winter. Serious winter kill.

On a plus note it sounds like SL is playing fabulously.

Not bad for the middle of JULY!

There is no way that SR should open after SL.

Bandy1080 said:

Why do you say there is "no way" that SR should open after SL?  In terms of golf course and surviving the winter, the two are pretty much in the same weather zone so environmental issues are the same for both. Other things like drainage, insects, and disease could impact one course more than the other on a year-to-year basis. SR had a late opening for sure, but SL has had their own issues this year and could probably have delayed opening as well, but either way its not like SR golf course has it so much easier than SL in terms of coming through the winter and getting prepped for the season. 

 

Also, SR has been open for a few weeks, so it was actually early July that they opened (my dad there played on 7/7 and said they had just opened the week prior).
 
Wheeler said:

Not bad for the middle of JULY!

There is no way that SR should open after SL.
 

Is that why SL'rs claim that SL averages 40-50" more snow a year? ;)

I will say this, from what I can tell SL has been very proactive in upping their winter preparedness especially green covers and drainage repairs in the last few years. I would hope that with the quicker melt out and proper maintenance SR should open earlier and I believe, traditionally, they have but now that SL is taking better steps to ensure better course conditions in the early spring, those roles have been reversed. At least this year anyway. I think SR got caught with their knickers down this year.

Zen Master said:

 in the same weather zone so environmental issues are the same for both.
 
Wheeler said:

Not bad for the middle of JULY!

There is no way that SR should open after SL.
 

PS

Bethel Inn is definitely in the same "zone" and they opened in May and folks have been very positive about the shape of that course.

Very hard to predict how these mountain courses will fair during the winter and when they will be ready to open each season. Lot of factors involved, including many that are specific to the particular course.  SR may have indeed been caught with their knickers down, or they may have done everything by the book and still had enough winter damage to significantly delay opening.  SL has opened in early May some years, much later in others, although I think they usually are open by Memorial Day.  Bethel may have come through good this year, but they have bad years when SL had had good years.  Point is, there is no hard and fast rule that says SR should open before of after SL, and I responded because I don't think it is necessarily fair to say there is "no way" SR should open after SL. A better statement may have been, "there is no way SR should not be open before the 4th of July" which seems more reasonable to me.

 

FWIW, SL website says 200" annual snowfall, SR website says 167"...a difference of 33", not 40-50".  So there.

 

PS - it is worth mentioning that Wilson Lake Golf Course in Wilson, run by Harris Golf who also runs the SR course, had a lot of winter damage to the greens this year as well. It isn't the worst I've seen there, but may reflect something in how Harris preps for winter that they may want to re-examine. Wonder how their other courses (Penobscot Valley, Highland Green, Bath, Mere Creek, Old Marsh, etc) are looking?


 
Wheeler said:

Is that why SL'rs claim that SL averages 40-50" more snow a year? ;)

I will say this, from what I can tell SL has been very proactive in upping their winter preparedness especially green covers and drainage repairs in the last few years. I would hope that with the quicker melt out and proper maintenance SR should open earlier and I believe, traditionally, they have but now that SL is taking better steps to ensure better course conditions in the early spring, those roles have been reversed. At least this year anyway. I think SR got caught with their knickers down this year.

Zen Master said:

 in the same weather zone so environmental issues are the same for both.
 
Wheeler said:

Not bad for the middle of JULY!

There is no way that SR should open after SL.
 

WOW!!!! midsummer verbal judo match......I love it!!!!!.

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