The Golf Course Confessional: Noreasters and Souwesters…

Following a wonderful Father’s Day Sunday, Summer Solstice and all, we got a round of storms on Monday.  The morning found Judy and me sitting at our home altar for the devotional time, reading from the Book of Acts about Paul’s impending shipwreck from a Noreaster coming from Crete.  In the back of our minds was the severe thunderstorm warning for our area.  Radar showed the bow of the storm with the lower limb set to cross the Argue-ment directly.  Winds in excess of 60 miles per hour, torrential rain, possible tornado.  We spent an hour or so in the basement.  Not bad in town.

At the course it was a different story.DSC00557Two large trees adjacent to the first tee were ripped from the ground, landing near but not on the practice green.  The hole resulting is more than five feet deep.DSC00556

 

A large Oak split on the south side of the number one fairway.  Small branches and twigs all over the greens, tees, and fairways throughout the course.DSC00549 DSC00548A fairly large American Elm went down across the #8 path, blocking the way. Farther down the path, several Cottonwood trees were sheared off about 25 feet above ground, branches everywhere.DSC00551There are a couple of “widow makers” in this mess that will have to be dealt with.DSC00554

 

Along the entry drive, a dead American Elm dropped a major branch, blocking the way in and out.

Picking up, trimming, raking, chain sawing a clear path for carts ensues.  The neighbors across Argue Rd. look like they took quite a hit as well.  Fortunately, from what we can see, their house is not damaged.  Fortunately as well, none of the Argue-ment buildings are either.

The irony of course is that a couple of these trees were on the list of things to do when we have time and money…  The Apostle Paul was visited in a dream by the messenger of God, telling him everything would be fine, if everyone would simply hand together and trust.  Noreasters are survivable.  So is this Sou’wester of straight line wind.  Someone will get some firewood and some of the course paths will get some new chips… Nobody got hurt. God is good.  We will be open for play tomorrow, unless the promised round of storms for this evening intrudes.

 

 

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