Warm Temperatures Fading Away

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SACRAMENTO–

It’s a short sleeve swing for most out on the putting green at Cordova Golf Course Monday.

Many are sad to see the warm temperatures fading away.

“Absolutely,” said Jim Marta, the golf pro at the course.

“Not really a cold weather person,” confessed Mike Ward, a new golfer out on the green.

Just like that ball you think is going one way and turns, temperatures are slated to do the same and could do in this course if greens managers aren’t careful.

“And what the frost does, it takes the grass that’s usually about 90 percent water and it will freeze the grass. And then if somebody were to step on the grass it just fractures the grass … it breaks, very much like an eggshell,” said Marta.

A photograph from a course in Mrytle Beach, South Carolina shows off footprints in frost left behind by just four golfers.

“And then what happens every time there’s a footprint or a cart went by. It will kill that grass, and four [to] five days later you will see brown spots appear,” said Marta.

Disease could take root in damaged spots, ruining Cordova’s roughly $700,000 investment in its perfectly green playground. That’s why carts and people will be kept off the course in the frigid parts of the days ahead until the frost has played through.

The delays will tweak Mike Ward’s retirement ‘work’ schedule, but having grown up in the Midwest he can’t complain too much.

“It’s temporary you know, in the Midwest, it’s four months, so we can handle it,” he said.

Frost delays on the course could last as little as 20 minutes or more than an hour. Play started Monday at 6:30 a.m., with 40 golfers moving through in the first hour. Those times and numbers could be very different the rest of the week.

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