Abstract: While Northeast golfers sharpen their games in warm weather, happy golf course construction staff labor on windswept golf courses in February.
I love working on frozen golf courses. You never see a golfer or inspector, and if you dress properly, you’ll never feel a chill. We are currently installing an 18″ pipe on a golf course in Massachusetts. The frost is about 6″ deep-just the way we like it. We drive our pickups across frozen turf to the work site. A few months before, we could barely walk on the soggy fairways.
I’ve worked through plenty of New England winters. I’ve only had frost bite 16 times; the worse case was an ocean side course on Cape Cod. The January winds turned my ears purple and they still have a bluish tinge.
In my younger days, we vibratory plowed thousands of feet on pipe while working on 12″ of snow. You can’t work every day in the winter, but if you plan properly, you can get get work done.
My gear includes thermals by LL Bean or Damart, and outer clothing by Carhartt, particularly their Artic line. I pack Grunden rain gear and insulated rubber gloves I bought at a fisherman supply store.
Clients love to see work done in the winter. We perform sod restoration in the spring. Tee projects benefit by fill conveyance over frozen ground.
I’ve checked the forecast. Looks like 20 degrees with a chippy wind of 20 knots. Just the way I like it.