Despite the cold, golf courses do open in winter. They remain in business to some extent by providing a much-needed break for staff. However, they are also expensive to operate, and the revenue that is brought in from tee times and other events will be cut a lot more than you might think. Aside from paying for staff, course owners must keep a close eye on weather patterns to ensure that they aren’t forced to close.
A few golf courses have already decided to close for the season. Some have even announced it on social media. While it isn’t likely that all golf courses will close at the same time, there are many reasons why this happens.
While the weather may seem like an impediment to playing golf, there are a few reasons why the game is easier to play in the winter. First, the weather often does not permit as many people to visit the course, which leads to less traffic. Second, a few inches of snow can add up quickly, and when it snows hard, it can cause havoc for golfers on the course. Third, the snow can cover the turf, which can lead to excess pressure that can damage the grass.
For the best results, be sure to pack a warm coat, waterproof shoes, and extra sand to help protect your balls. It is also a good idea to wear a hat and avoid getting caught in a rainstorm, which can be a real pain when you are trying to play.
There are some notable exceptions to the rule, however. The Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson, N.H. has been in operation since the early 1800s, and the superintendent, Andrew McHugh, has some firsthand experience with a harsh northern winter.
One of the most popular things to do during the winter is snow golf. Although it’s not quite as cool as playing the game on a golf course, it’s an exercise in luck and strategy. Many courses have a “whites” designation for their snow golf greens, which keeps the grass surface nice and white. Snow can also be played on a snow golf course, and some have groomed skiing trails.
Depending on the region, golf courses can open for the entire winter or just a few months. Some are fortunate enough to be in a region where the weather is mild, or the snow never accumulates. Other courses open up in the summer but shut down in the fall.
The best way to gauge the likelihood of a golf course is open during the winter is to check the weather forecast. If the forecast is for unseasonably warm temperatures, chances are good that a few courses will be closing for the season. On the other hand, if the weather is more unpredictable, there is more of a chance that the course will be open. And, if it is too cold to play, some golfers will forgo the game altogether.