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Winter Kill  

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Last year, late May the courses were mostly in less than ideal shape. I am wondering what we could expect for a May 15 thru 24 trip this year? I know it's difficult to tell the future but I'd be interested in some "best guesses". 

Thanks,

Shack

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It appears that MB has had an average to better than average winter for temps
and nothing like last winter.      
 
I am guessing that winter kill should be little to nothing.  It's still too early to know.   
The bermuda has to be growing again to really know.   
 
My thoughts are that any bad greens this spring are probably a result from a poor recovery 
from last year.   We also heard that a lot of courses got greens covers and probably only 
needed them a few days this winter.      

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Courses should be in very good shape for you - good weather year for overseeding. The greens I've played that didn't overseed were all excellent. You should be good for your trip. MBN put the covers on for two nights. Very little cold weather this winter.

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I think like others said, milder winter so far and unless they get a cold snap they will be fine. looks like alot of course took extra precautions with green covers. To much money to loose if not. 

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Thanks for the info. I'm looking forward to our visit in May.

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This winter season we have seen no winter kill whatsoever and all courses have been better then in years past, for your time coming down I would say do not worry.

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We didn't have the same kind of winter this year that we had last year to cause the Winter Kill. Everyone is just fine, last year was an anomaly. This is my 22nd year selling tee times in MB, the words: Winter Kill had never been used until last year. Plus over 30 courses purchased green covers to utilize when the temps get into the 20's. The area learned from last year and has improved it's maintenance practices, so as a general rule, you'll find better turf conditions this year than in years past. 

Brian Noblin
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