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  • Photo by Cameron Kittle, Telegraph Staff.


    Golf courses throughout Greater Nashua were pounded by snow Oct. 29, but a lack of snowfall since has kept a few courses open all the way into January, including Amherst Country Club.
  • Photo by Cameron Kittle, Telegraph Staff.


    Golf carts at Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson were covered in snow Monday, and crews worked at the course to clean things up after a late October snowstorm. Golf Pro Brian Doyle said Green Meadow will try to reopen in November if the snow melts.
  • Photo by Cameron Kittle, Telegraph Staff.


    The practice putting green at Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson was covered in snow Monday, and crews worked at the course to clean things up after a late October snowstorm. Course Pro Brian Doyle said Green Meadow will try to reopen in November if the snow melts.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Golf season in jeopardy after snowstorm, but local pros hope to reopen

NASHUA – Heavy snowfall often signals the end of the golf season, but this weekend’s rare October storm may be an exception.

Golf pros at many local courses hope that 50-degree temperatures in this week’s forecast melt the snow and allow courses to reopen as soon as this weekend.

“My hope is to open back up at the end of the week,” said Brian Doyle, golf pro at Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson. “I don’t know if that’s realistic, but there’s no way we’re pulling the plug this early. No chance.”

Nashua’s two private courses – Nashua Country Club and Sky Meadow Country Club – have the same goal.

“We didn’t come through too bad,” said Rich Ingraham, pro at Sky Meadow. “We mostly have a few limbs down, not really any trees. It just means more work. We’re hoping to reopen this weekend.”

Dick Dichard, pro at Nashua Country Club, said the fate of the course on Fairway Drive lies in the hands of the club’s new superintendent, who starts Tuesday, but he’s hopeful for more golf, too.

“I got a feeling we haven’t seen the last of it,” he said.

The courses were pounded with about a foot of snow Saturday night and Sunday, as part of a storm that left more than 200,000 without power in New Hampshire.

In fact, that was the bigger issue for members at Sky Meadow and Nashua Country Clubs. Both clubs had their power restored Monday and opened their doors for members.

“We have a lot of members without power,” Ingraham said. “They’re trying to shower or get warm, so the club’s open for that. They’re not so much concerned about playing golf.”

However, the extra month of business would be a boost for Green Meadow, which can’t rely on membership dues and instead draws its revenue from public players.

Doyle said Green Meadow takes advantage of the private-course golfers who want to play late in the season after their home course shuts down.

The weekend snowstorm certainly hurts, he said, but the ground is not frozen, so the snow will both melt away and drain into the soil without damaging the grass.

He said maintenance crews won’t use heavy equipment to move the snow because of the soft ground, but his staff were on site Monday to clean up fallen tree branches. They also may resort to shoveling off some of the greens, Doyle said.

Whatever it takes to open up again, Green Meadow will do it, he said.

“We’re planning on reopening,” he said. “I haven’t thought about anything other than that.”

If the snow melts and the courses are able to reopen, the length of the golf season will depend on the weather.

Sky Meadow and Nashua Country Clubs said they both usually close the course the Sunday before Thanksgiving – which would be Nov. 20 this year – but Doyle said Green Meadow will remain open “until there’s too much snow to play golf.”

Phone calls to other local courses were unanswered, either due to an empty pro shop or downed phone lines.

Many courses were simply scrambling to get power back, along with thousands of others across the state.

“Like everyone else, we were caught really off guard,” Ingraham said. “Who expects a foot of snow in October?”

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or ckittle@nashuatelegraph.com. Also check out Kittle (@Telegraph_CamK) on Twitter.