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Winter winds add a new 'hazard' at local golf course: drifts of dirt


March 10, 2021

Looking west from the Chinook Golf Course this photos shows some of the drifts of topsoil deposited during a wind event in early February. The drifts, some three feet tall, were created when the caragana bushes along the west edge of fairway # 3 slowed the wind. These tallest drifts are on the rough but some of the blown dirt made it to the fairway further east. Many drifts in this area are over existing snowpack so removal of the dirt will begin later when the area is sufficiently dried.

A new, unintentional hazard for local golfers has been added to the Chinook Golf Course northwest of town. A wind event north of Chinook in early February equated to a Category I Hurricane with 75 mile per hour winds. Those winds left drifts of dirt, some more than three feet high on the west edge of the course along the number #3 fairway, and left problem deposits on other greens as well. I first noticed the drifts during some early spring walks I made out along Stephens Road. Jim Gallus, who has played the course for 50 years and recently retired as the greenskeeper said he had never seen...

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