So apparently the courses around here too a big hit this winter and spring with "winterkill". See below from our CGA "
Many golf courses in North Carolina have experienced significant Winterkill to their Bermuda grass and other warm season turfgrasses. Even with the best-laid-plans, superintendents can still see destruction from Winterkill.
Winterkill damage seen near a green.
Winterkill is the result of very low temperatures experienced in late winter. The damage of direct low temperature kill occurs most commonly during periods of alternating freezing and thawing, aggravated by the increase in plant moisture when the turf is most vulnerable in late winter.
So almost all of our courses are affected by this. It's gotten better with the extreme heat we've had, some of the bermuda has come out, but a lot will have to be either re-soded or re-sprigged because it's dead. So you're playing 'winter' rules so to speak in that you could easily have nothing but soft dirt to hit off of in the entire fairway.
Not fun. But none of the courses are discounting their rates either. I wonder how many rounds are illegally getting posted due to 'improved' lies given how extensive this damage is at all the courses around here. I was talking to one course pro and he said he tells everyone "just move the ball" and I thought, hmmm, that's OK but not technically within the rules though I guess if you count that as a local rule for 'lift clean and place', it could technically be ok??? I did see one course that had some of it marked ground under repair but most don't waste the time becaues it would include the entire fairway