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On Feb. 17, 2014, winter storm Rex added another seven inches to Chicago’s, ground, snow layer, and wet Forest Preserve Golf courses. In addition, other, outdoor areas like urban streets, parks, sidewalks, trees, garbage cans, houses and alleys received significant, snow amounts. (Rex ended at approximately 9 p.m. on Feb. 17.)

Of course, besides Forest Preserve golf courses, Chicago Park District golf courses and other suburban golf courses also received significant, snow amounts. The fairways on most courses probably resemble Arctic, Antarctic or Siberian scenes showing no evidence of humans (no ski tracks and no human footsteps). On some courses, deer tracks and dog tracks may be more abundant than human tracks.

On Feb. 18, 2014, temperatures were warm enough to cause some of this snow to melt. Such melted snow was not obvious on golf course fairways (The average snow depth on fairways is probably two feet.), but street curbs showed huge puddles, especially at intersections.

Some sidewalks are only walkable if pedestrians are willing to sink knee deep into the snow; snow-plowing trucks pushed street snow onto sidewalks. Sidewalks around golf courses are closer to the streets than sidewalks in residential neighborhoods or business districts; dirty snow now covers these sidewalks to an unknown depth. (It may be a month or more before golf sidewalk snow melts sufficiently to allow pedestrians or golfers to walk comfortably on them.)

Under the snow there is certainly ice and mud. Under the snow there are leaves and twigs. The snow is hiding lost golf balls, and making it difficult to discern the contours of teeing grounds and putting greens.

· Caldwell behind Trees

· Caldwell Fieldhouse

· Caldwell Parking Lot

· Closed Caldwell Lot

· Deer-Edgebrook

· Now-Edgebrook Sign

· Snow around Caldwell Sign

· Snow-covered Parking Spots

· Snowed-in Stop Sign

· Snowy Edgebrook Lot

· Snowy Speed Bump

Caldwell behind Trees
Caldwell behind Trees © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Caldwell behind Trees

Billy Caldwell Golf Course, which is a nine holes, Forest Preserve Golf course, is in the background behind the trees. The snow depth beneath these trees is at least two feet as of Feb. 18, 2014.

Caldwell Field House
Caldwell Field House © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Caldwell Field House

As night arrives, the fallen snow around Billy Caldwell Golf Course's field house creates a pale contrast with the trees and the building. The time is approximately 5 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2014.

Caldwell Parking Lot
Caldwell Parking Lot © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Caldwell Parking Lot

My estimate is that Billy Caldwell Golf Course's parking lot has snow to a depth of 2½ feet. (There may be pot holes under all that snow.)

Closed Caldwell Lot
Closed Caldwell Lot © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Closed Caldwell Lot

A chain blocks entrance to Billy Caldwell Golf Course's parking lot. This forest preserve golf course is at 6150 Caldwell Avenue in Chicago, Ill.

Deer-Edgebrook © 2014 Vernon Brookins


Three deer are in this photo. It may be difficult for you to spot them because they almost blend perfectly into the landscape. This scene was at Edgebrook Golf Course on Feb. 18, 2014.

Now-Edgebrook Sign
Now-Edgebrook Sign © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Now-Edgebrook Sign

The "now" is Feb. 18, 2014. Snow cover is evident and abundant; it is around Edgebrook's, rectangular, wooden sign, and around Edgebrook's, upright, metallic sign.

Snow around Caldwell Sign
Snow around Caldwell Sign © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Snow around Caldwell Sign

Beneath Billy Caldwell Golf Course's sign, abundant snow is obvious. This view is looking east along U.S. 14 (Caldwell Avenue). At this spot, Interstate 94 is only about 200 feet eastward.

Snow Covered Parking Spots
Snow Covered Parking Spots © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Snow Covered Parking Spots

Several inches of snow covers these reserved, parking spots at Edgebrook Golf Course. (Deer did not reserve any of these spots.) I photographed this scene on Feb. 18, 2014.

Snowed-in Stop Sign
Snowed-in Stop Sign © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Snowed-in Stop Sign

Although this stop sign is not completely covered, most of the pole holding it upright is snow-covered. This view is looking east along Edgebrook Golf Course's driveway. Central Avenue is the major street in the middle ground.

Snowy Edgebrook Lot
Snowy Edgebrook Lot © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Snowy Edgebrook Lot

This Edgebrook lot is the closest to the golf course. You can see part of the first hole's fairway in the middle ground. Taken on Feb. 18, 2014, three deer blocked me from getting closer.

Snowy Speed Bump
Snowy Speed Bump © 2014 Vernon Brookins

Snowy Speed Bump

This Speed Bump sign along Edgebrook Golf Course's driveway certainly refers to two, asphalt humps. However, the two, large, snow mounds on both sides of the driveway can also be called speed bumps.


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