This past week the weather finally cooperated enough that I was finally able to bring in some staff to continue clean up of damage caused by the December ice storm. Although we still have approximately 90% of the golf course still under snow and ice, this layer actually helped us get around the property without causing any damage to the softening turf. In order to keep our limited equipment working I set up split shifts where one crew worked the morning and early afternoon and the second worked afternoon until dark. This allowed 13 hour days on the tractors and chain saws. Due to the remaining snow and ice, using trailers to haul the brush away was very dangerous and had to be discontinued.
These carbide tipped additions to our shoes help prevent us from slipping and falling on the ice as we continue the clean up.
As of yesterday, we finished the clean up in the valley, at least all the large branches we could get at that were sticking out of the snow. Until we get a substantial melt, we really don't know how many smaller branches await underneath.
This picture might just help all of us find our happy place for just a little while.