The evidence suggests that large scale winterkill of bentgrass in the Chicagoland area is not likely and that there is little to no concern about ice damage. Because the plants on our greens and fairways are not fully developed, there may be a cause for slight concern if the conditions are conducive to ice damage, but it would still be minimal when compared to our old Poa annua greens.
This winter has been very different than last. We do not have conditions that are conducive to winter kill. The plants are not encapsulated in ice, and the snow on the ground helps to prevent desiccation. The turf has looked great under the snow each time it has been inspected, and at the moment we do not anticipate any damage from ice, wind, or cold temperatures.
|Turf in the lowest area of #8 Green looks very healthy.|
This area was previously prone to ice damage.