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Vulcan batters Chicago golf courses

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On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, snowstorm Vulcan battered Chicago golf courses and the Chicago-land area. This precipitation began at approximately midnight. Instruments at Midway Airport recorded six inches of wet, heavy snow.

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At South Shore Golf Course, which is at 7059 S. South Shore Drive in Chicago, Ill., the snow clung to tree trunks and tree branches, attached itself to fences, capped bushes, and caused some trees to droop low over fences. Such heavy, wet snow broke many tree branches. (Some of these were quite large.)

Sidewalks that were in full sunlight dried quickly. However, sidewalks that were in shade contained small puddles. Some sidewalks had a mixture of dry concrete and puddles.

It was difficult to determine the snow depth on South Shore Golf Course’s fairways by looking at them. My best estimate is at least six inches, and possibly as much as 10 inches because some of the snow at South Shore was likely lake-effect snow. (Fifty degree temperatures on March 11 melted much of the snow from earlier storms.)

At this golf course, you can see the unusual symbiosis of wood with metal. Many years before Wednesday’s snowstorm, small branches intertwined themselves with the fences that border this golf course’s western and southern sides. On March 12, snow was adhering to these branches, thereby adding additional, natural, artistic touches.

This nine holes, golf course has areas for golfers to practice putting and pitching. (Golfers can practice pitching into and out of sand bunkers.) This area, which is within 100 feet, southeast of the second holes putting green, is likely also covered with snow.


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