Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December 21, 2016

Today is the winter solstice, with the north pole leaned back to its furthest point from the sun, the first official day of winter, the shortest day, and longest night of the year. From here on in, until the summer solstice, the nights will get shorter and days longer, so its not really a bad thing if you like the sun - the worst is over for now. Maybe not for the cold, but that's another story.

I am the sort of person who thinks more in term of solstices and equinoxes, rather than celebratory dates, and would call this the first day of a new year. I guess its because my work is in rhythm of nature, more so that light switches. Although the cold and heat has a lot to do with the turf's cycles, the sun is the real driving force. It all comes down to photosynthesis, and the plant's ability to produce energy that causes it to grow or to go dormant. The plant knows more than we ever will.


I am really writing this blog post today to wish all of you happy holidays! Thank you for all your support this year - it was a tough one, and I cannot say enough of how much our staff and I appreciated and fed off your support. It was a team effort - all of us - that got us through what was the toughest season I've experienced in my 37 years in the golf business. I owe each of you a big thank you - I hope you know that it means more that I can ever say.

I will leave you with this shot of my friend Lou. I am not very good at decorating for the holidays, and when my wife put me in charge of brightening up our home for the holidays, I kept it simple. Sometimes simple is the best. Lou thought so too.

Once again, thanks for all your support!