The soul of the Minnesota golfer has been stirred. Bare ground any time after Valentine’s Day always seems to elicit such a response and I can tell you this type of weather also causes a stirring somewhere inside Minnesota's golf course superintendents. I acted on this stirring today and took a walk around most of the golf course. I can report everything look excellent.
When Hazeltine made the decision to re-grass with bentgrass, the Club was in essence purchasing an insurance policy. Bentgrass turf is better able to handle Minnesota's increasingly variable winter weather, to say nothing of better performance during the golf season. Bentgrass turf does not guarantee we won’t see winterkill, but it makes it far less likely than if we still had a mix of bent/Poa surfaces. It is highly likely that no matter what kind of weather we experience between now and opening day, the golf course will remain in excellent condition.
A few photos from my walk today: