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Many Grand Haven residents are asking what's with the weather?

The "winter" of 2011-2012 has been quite remarkable to be sure.  I've been busy fielding questions from "how much ice is on the lake" to are we going to get hit with severe winter weather yet this year.  The answer to both inquiries is "probably not much".  We have already gained an hour of additional daylight from the winter solstice, the sun is now approximately twelve degrees higher in the southern sky from December 21, and the extended forecast does not show much in terms of a winter pattern.  We are currently in the mid thirties for seasonal snowfall, and the local snowplowers are considering me for execution.  My defense is "remember the last several winters where we exceeded average snowfall each year."  This winter is just one year in a cycle that we will not get much snowfall, and the lake will remain ice-free in all liklihood.  Usually the ice melts by mid-March every year, and we generally don't add much ice after mid-February.  Currently, we have had several sunny days with above average temperatures so the lake is still quite a bit above freezing, especially away from the shore.  So sit back and enjoy or curse this weather.  One thing for sure, we can't do anything about it. 

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Evan on 28/03/2012 22:46:21
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Although I was unable to attned the walkabout of the course, I appreciate the efforts the Course Committee made to ensure every member had an opportunity to contribute their thoughts, should they have had any doubts over the intended plans. I would also like to thank Course for providing a simple breakdown of the intended changes, the vast majority of which I agree with, particularly in light of the results of last winter's changes.However, in contrast to Stewart, I am extremely concerned about the intended change to the OOB to the right of the 12th, bringing the OOB in line with the boundary. This seems a particularly confusing decision given the extensive discussions that have taken place for some time now about the problems with balls leaving the boundaries of the course, notably at the 4th and less so the 18th, whereby the risk of legal action by an external party is deemed so great, considerations are being made for the closure of the hole in current format and a re-modeling of the course undertaken. As such, it seems incredible that any change to the course that increases the possibility of balls leaving the boundaries of the course, however small, is being considered, as it flies directly in the face of the strategy taken elsewhere. If the boundaries are moved back, people WILL even if subconsciously aim further to the right (indeed, this is the reverse effect of adjusting the direction of the netting on the right of the 4th tee, which is designed to subconsciously make players aim slightly further left). A resultant slice or block will stand a better chance of finding the road.Perhaps further consideration should be given to this decision. It seems that the changes to the right of the 12th have been under discussion after concerns with the longer players aiming down the 14th. One of the reasons for this, as Stewart states and as Rob Macauley has noted on another post, is that the longer players can go out of bounds after hitting a ball straight down the fairway, a few feet right of the bunker. Perhaps a compromise would be to move only this section of the out of bounds (for example, after the large tree) back towards the boundary, thus negating the risk of going out of bounds long but not encouraging the larger majority of players to aim further right (although, doing this would probably encourage players to hit driver off the tee as the perceived risk is lower, and any resultant poor shot played with this club again runs a higher risk of leaving the course).Please note that if there are specific reasons for the removal of the out of bounds other than to solve the problem of players aiming down the 14th, which I am not aware of, my comments may seem out of context and I apologise to Course accordinglyRegards,David Gibson.
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