The entire Team at Radrick Farms is committed to providing golfers with exceptional playing conditions. There are many instances when Mother Nature forces the suspension of play or closure of the golf course. Please understand that the Team is not trying to keep you from playing during these times, but they are protecting the condition of the golf course as well as the safety of the golfers.
Turf grass plants are damaged by frost when the pressure of foot and equipment traffic is permitted during times when air and soil temperatures are below freezing. Turf grass plant cells are ruptured when pressure is applied to frozen leaves and stems. Damage appears as dead grass in the shape of footprints or wheel tracks where they were impressed onto the turf. By withholding traffic from turf grass areas during time periods when leaf and stem tissue are frozen, frost damage can be minimized.
Radrick Farms is committed to providing the best possible playing conditions for our University community. During frost delays, golfers must stay off ALL grass areas including the putting greens and driving range. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
The Golf Course Superintendent will make the final decision as to when the golf course will open for play. As soon as the golf shop staff is informed the course is open for play, the starter will be responsible for coordinating play according to the sequence on the tee reservation sheet.
Golf becomes a dangerous sport when you cannot see where your ball is going. To ensure the safety of our golfers and staff, Radrick Farms will delay all play until the fog has lifted completely. While the first hole may seem clear, please remember that the second hole resides in a valley where the fog remains for a longer period of time.
Golfers may choose to play in the rain. However, there are times when significant rainfall will over saturate the golf course leaving it susceptible to damage. Depending on the amount of rain, golf carts may not be permitted or the course may need to be closed completely for a period of time.
It always seems to happen when you are having the best round of your life. The wind picks up, the clouds move in, and you hear thunder in the distance. The temptation always exists in these circumstances to convince yourself and your playing partners that there is enough time to finish your rounds, or at least a few more holes. If you play on instead of seeking shelter, your great round could become the last round of your life.
There are several safety measures you can take to avoid being struck by lightning:
- If the course sirens sound, seek shelter immediately.
- Play Suspended: Intermittent Hi-Low Tones
- Okay to Resume Play: Continuous, Solid Tone
- Even if you do not hear the alert system, use your best judgment and seek shelter at the first sign of a thunderstorm.
- If possible, get off the golf course or go to a designated lightning shelter.
- Do not stand under a lone tree. This is where most people are injured or killed.
- Stay away from your golf clubs.
- Move away from your golf cart.
- If stranded in the open, go to a low place such as a ravine or valley.
Please understand the staff does not control nor can they predict Mother Nature. They do not know how long it will be until the frost clears, the fog lifts, the rain subsides, nor the lightning stops. Please be patient and considerate during these times.
RAIN CHECK POLICY
Rain checks are only issued when the course is closed or play is suspended for a period of time due to inclement weather. Rain checks must be redeemed by the end of the golfing season. Rain checks will be valued in direct proportion to the number of holes played (i.e. if you play 13 out of 18 holes, you will receive a rain check valued at 5/18 or 28% of the paid price). Rain checks will only be issued for greens fees and cart rentals. No rain checks are issued for twilight golf once players have teed off.
Radrick Farms Golf Course • 4875 Geddes Road • Ann Arbor, MI 48105 • (734) 998-7040 • Fax (734) 998-7590