March 20 was the first day of spring. Yes, spring . . . sprung . . . sproing . . . like a metallic spring contracting downward, symbolic of temperatures dropping. Will Chicago’s temperatures be this way will be for the remainder of March? Will Chicago-land golfers get nips on their buds?
Meteorology is other than an exact science. Nonetheless, nowadays, meteorologists make more accurate predictions than they did 20 years ago. It is unwise for Chicago’s golfers to read forecasts that predict weather more than 10 days in the future. (The 10-day forecast for Chicago predicts daytime temperatures to be below +45 degrees, except for Friday March 29 when meteorologists predict the high will be 52 degrees.
Chicago-land’s, golf fairways have soft grounds, but not muddy ground. Some small, snowy piles remain in shady areas. The wind blows strongly, so even during the day there is wind chill factors.
All Chicago Park District golf courses remain closed. Forest Preserve Golf Courses: Billy Caldwell, Chick Evans and Meadowlark are open, weather permitting. I have no facts to support this, but I believe that the temperatures for March 20 did not permit these three courses to open. Forest Preserve officials state that George Dunne, Highland Woods and Indian Boundary will be open all winter regardless of weather.
Few, if any squirrels are visible. However overhead, herring gulls are squawking, soaring and swooping. (If available, these avians will nibble the meat and cheese from discarded, hamburger wrappers.)
This March, it is unlikely that golfers will march to golf courses. March Hares may marshal around Alice. Fredrick March is unlikely to make an appearance in Chicago unless it is on television screens and certain movies on DVDs.