After experiencing one of the most mild winters in recent history, Chicago golf course owners have even more to be thankful for with early spring-like temperatures this week in the 60s. Nearly half of all public golf courses in the Chicago area are already open for the 2012 season.
Some of these Chicago golf courses have been open sporadically since a warm blast of weather in early January, something that hasn’t happened in over 30 years.
According to a recent Crains’ article, Old Orchard Country Club in Mount Prospect reported 70 players took to the course on Tuesday. Old Orchard joined a growing number of Chicago golf courses to open their facility to play nearly a month earlier than planned.
Old Orchard officials indicated that their turf is even firm enough to allow golf carts on the course. However, this may be the exception as many local courses with less favorable drainage configurations are limiting play to walking only. In fact, a significant number of courses are giving their course time to dry, hoping to maximizing turf grass conditions during the heavy traffic summer months.