The pins are back in the greens, for now. Unfortunately there is also an excessive amount of sand left on the surface to protect the greens from the cold, dry winter winds that can damage the turf. We will watch the weather in the coming weeks to determine the playability of the greens. Once they begin to freeze and thaw I will make a recommendation to the Green Committee to close them for the season. This is never popular, but it is the right thing to do.
We have installed stakes for snow fences around the 3rd, 5th, and 13th greens. The fences will be installed in the coming weeks to protect from damage caused by sleds and snowboards, and these greens will remain closed for the winter.
As spring approaches we will determine the best strategy for working as much of the excess sand into the greens. The sand absorbs heat from the sun and warms the turf in April, and will provide smooth the putting surfaces as the turf breaks dormancy and resumes growth.