Germany And The GLC Berlin Club Have Been Faced With A Severe Winter

Eric J. von Hofen
Long time certified golf course superintendent, Joseph R Swing, of the GLC Berlin Club in Germany gives Turfunderground some dirt. As with many parts of the U.S., Germany has had a very early and severe winter. Many areas of the country that rarely have snow cover more than a few days, and when only just a few inches, had over a 30cm (1 foot) of snow for several weeks. Many parts of the country had record breaking snow fall amounts and duration of cover. We are now in an extreme thaw period. You may have heard of the flooding. The temperatures have been in the 50´s, with heavy rain for several days now. By the end of the weekend there will be no snow left any where, other than in the Alps. The winter here in Germany usually is at its strongest in January and February, so the worst may still be to come. For sure, there will be wide spread and record Snow Mold damage as a result of this winter.
eric J. von Hofen
The golf course is holding up well with the snow fall. We have seen no effects of snow mold so far. We are lucky enough (said ironically) to be the first course in Germany to experience Waitea Patch; Waitea circinata var. circinata. I had it start up in early May and dealt with it for some five weeks before I could get a positive I.D. from a lab in England. Since then it has been verified genetically by Dr. Frank Wong at Cal. Davis. Waitea was unheard of here in Germany, at least identified as Waitea. When we get back into the growing season this Spring, I will be able to tell if the Waitea is active again. Until then Guten Tag

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