These numbers are just plain ugly.
Let It Snow... NOT!
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/19/13
The essential facts are these: The latest blast of snow and rain is causing flooding worries from North Dakota into Illinois and Missouri. A runaway barge damaged a levee in Marseilles, Illinois, forcing the evacuation of over 1,500 residents. Their counterparts in the Mississippi River town of Clarksville, Missouri are facing the same dangers. The snowfall ranges from 3.0 inches north of Omaha to 22.0 inches of snow near Two Harbors, Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

But this winter storm is also wreaking havoc on golf courses all over the upper Midwest. This writer ventured a phone call to Joe Greupner, the head professional at the Braemar Golf Courses in Edina, just southwest of Minneapolis — and before I could even finish my question, Greupner, a PGA of America member since 1975, had the answer:
"Worst EVER!

"I've been head pro here for 35 years, worked here for 40 years, and I've never seen anything like it. And our golf dome burned down last year, so we're dome-less. So for us, it's kind of a double-whammy.

"It's just awful. This latest snowfall might be the most depressing. I have the 10-day forecast on my computer right now - it seems like it's permanently on my computer. It looks like tomorrow
[Saturday] is not a bad day for melting, then rain on Sunday and Monday... our hope is that we could get our range open again on Tuesday or Wednesday. But for our courses, well..."
The continued cold weather and existing frost lines aren't helping most courses or their course superintendents, either:
"In our case, we sit in a lower area - flood plain, really, so we're probably looking at three days or so. But our course isn't built on sandy soil, so if the frost is still in the ground, the water just puddles. All we can do is just wait to have the frost completely out in order to open. We simply don't have an opening date yet. I don't think anyone else does, either."
It could well be the first week of May before some courses can get open, meaning that public and privately-owned courses will take a major financial hit.

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Image via National Weather Service, Chanhassen MN

[ comments ]
Panerai111 says:
5 inches of snow yesterday in Minneapolis. This fucking sucks!!!!!!
joe jones says:
When I lived in Wisconsin every year at this time I looked forward to the spring with anticipation of great weather. Then the terrible reality usually set in.Each year I set the third week in April aside so I could hop in my car and drive south until I could find a hole in the clouds and a golf course open for play.Usually it meant driving just south of Chicago some where. This year I don,t think I would find anything as far south as Kentucky.Please believe me when I say how sad I feel for those in the golfing world that are suffering through a miserable spring.
Duke of Hazards says:
mus be dat dare globol warming, doncha know.

dern tootin!
golfingbumunderpar64 says:
Guys sorry to hear about all that snow and rain. That's horrible. I feel bad about bitching about it being a high of 70. Hope it gets better and y'all can start swinging the sticks.
frankteo714 says:
We had 7 inches of rain the other day. Most courses and ranges are closed around here for now, so I have to drive an hour away just to play tomorrow. And it actually snowed here overnight.
tfarrell826 says:
I just to moved to Minneapolis from NJ. WTF. This better be a once in 30 yr event. This fn sucks.
Torleif Sorenson says:
@tfarrell826: This is *highly* unusual; usually our last blast of winter comes about 2/3 of the way through March.

Where in the Cities do you live?
mjaber says:
@tfarrell... what Tor isn't telling you is that winter ends in March, but starts up again in August. :)
falcon50driver says:
Funny how it seemed to get cold this winter. You know it did that last year too. And if I'm not mistaken it got cold two winters ago too. You know, we might be looking at some kind pattern developing here.
Torleif Sorenson says:
@falcon50driver: I blame the second meteorologist on the grassy knoll.
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