Wednesday 12/21/22 is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and considered the beginning of winter by some, or midwinter by others, because every day forward logs an additional minute or so of daylight. Nighttime versus Daylight will still dominate our days until March 20, 2023 where we will experience the Spring Equinox where the length of our day's and night's will be equal.
These dates are helpful for us to follow in that we can plan for changes that affect how the turf can be cultured and will react to golf course maintenance practices. For example adding a minute of daylight and the solar radiation it provides every day starting December 21st means that moving forward we will be getting that much closer to our Santa Anna Hybrid Bermuda fairways waking up. Watching the seasons go hand in hand with watching the weather as they are perpetually linked and affect everything we do to prepare golf playing surfaces for our Members.
Winter Solstice Sunset at Stonehenge, Wiltshire England.
New surface drainage being installed on #12 fairway between front two bunkers. Aerial view shows scale and length of this first drain on #12.