Frosty the Snowman appeared at 2014’s beginning; this creature brought frost (below zero) and snow (large amounts).Chicago-land golf courses had few, if any, golfers on them. During this time, were you one of the hardy souls who ventured forth?
In early February, there was still enough snow on golf courses for people to practice cross-country skiing. (They could probably only do this on Chicago Park District golf courses because these courses did not have locked gates.) Storm Nika blew in shortly thereafter.
After Nika, and still in February, winter storm Rex dumped more snow on Cook County. Rex vexed Chicagoans. Golf courses resembled some scenes in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
On March 12, 2014, Vulcan appeared. Meteorologists named this storm representing the Roman god of fire and metalworking, but he only brought snow (six inches). On many golf courses, South Shore Golf Course in particular, this wet, heavy snow clung to and broke many tree branches.
Between April 12, 2014 and April 15, 2014, temperatures dropped more than 45 degrees. (Many Chicagoans probably wondered how they could get off this meteorological merry-go-round.) Certainly, some golfers played on April 12 when it was 80 degrees.
In mid-July, heavy rainfall caused the cancellation of the 32nd Senior Amateur golf tournament at Marquette Park Golf Course. (This rainfall flooded this golf course and its driving range. Knee-high boots would have been appropriate as golf footwear.)
Using August’s, warm temperatures, and the wet areas on many Chicago-land golf courses, mosquitoes bred prodigiously. So many mosquitoes were biting on George Dunne National Golf Course’s, back nine that many golfers did not complete 18 holes. (Insect repellants were mostly ineffective.)
On Sep..6, 2014, Robert A. Black Golf Course, site of the 19th Annual International golf tournament, had wet fairways, wet teeing grounds and wet cart paths. However, such soggy conditions did not prevent contestants from completing this tournament. (Robert A. Black Golf Course is a nine holes, somewhat difficult, Chicago Park District course.)
On Sep. 26, any airline passengers coming to Chicago to play at Cog Hill’s Dubsdread or George Dunne National Golf Course (These are Chicago-land’s, most challenging and well-known, 18 holes, publicly-accessible golf courses.)experienced extensive delays and re-routing. The cause was a FAA contractor who started a fire in Aurora’s traffic control center.
Winter began on Dec. 21, but Chicago-land has not had normal, winter weather—close to zero or below zero temperatures. In fact, December temperatures have been in the 40 degrees range and 50 degrees range. This will change as Chicago-land will have below freezing temperatures for the last, three days of the year.