Mild Winter Translates into Pristine Conditions for Florida Golf Courses

By: Tim McDonald

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The mild winter just past means Florida golf courses are in great shape, with many saying they are in the best shape ever.

From the tip of the Northwest near Pensacola to as far south as Key West, the mild, Florida winter not only meant warmer days on the golf course, but it now means ideal conditions for spring and summer golf course turf.
 
And, for golfers of every level, course conditions play a huge part in their enjoyment of the game.
 
"When you have a very, very mild winter with sufficient rain, the course doesn't show the wear and tear of the winter," Miami Shores Country Club general manager Alberto Pozzi told the Miami Herald. "This winter was unusually mild. A couple of cold fronts that didn't stay came through; that was it. To play golf and grow grass, it was ideal conditions."
 
I just returned from Turnberry Isle in Miami, and it's difficult to imagine the fairways and greens being any more lush.
 
"Best shape I've ever seen the course," a long-time caddy told me.
 
It isn't just the south that's benefitting from the mild winter; courses in the central and northern reaches of Florida are reporting ideal conditions.
 
The only down side is that some areas of rye grass – on those courses that used rye over the winter – might disappear faster than the Bermuda transitions, but there are various ways for groundskeepers to deal with that. 
 
In short, it's a perfect time to play Florida golf because conditions are ideal and will likely remain so for a long time.
 
So tee it up!

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