The first blizzard of the 2010/ 2011 winter season has come and gone leaving behind 4 to 5 inches of snow. This particular storm took more than 10 man- hours throughout the weekend and Monday to clean up. We plan to keep a walking path clear through the golf course from the clubhouse to the maintenance barn. The course can be a pleasant winter walk but be careful- we do not treat the icy cart paths with salt.
We would like to take the opportunity to mention a few precautionary statements regarding snow removal at Wakonda Club. Driving the plow can be unnerving- slick surfaces, poor visibility, and fatigue weigh on plow operators. Add a few pedestrians and motorists and we have a potentially dangerous situation. For this reason we do the best that we can to get the sidewalks and parking lots clear when nobody else is around. This requires that members of our staff arrive very early in the morning to get a start on removal. The holiday season is a very busy time for the club with parties, dinners, and activities. With so many events happening on a daily basis and the unpredictable winter weather it is sometimes difficult to perform the task while the clubhouse is closed.
Protect yourself and your car! Never assume that the plow operator sees you. Do not pass by within 50 feet unless the plow has stopped completely and the operator has signaled you. Walk carefully through the parking lot. We use salt to melt the ice in heavily trafficked areas but when temperatures are frigid these products take considerably more time to melt the ice.