Despite being in sunny San Diego, overnight temperatures in the Fall and Winter can drop low enough to cause frost on our golf courses in the mornings. While these delays can be frustrating for golfers, they are necessary to preserve the quality of our greens and prevent damage to the turf.

    We know no one wants to show up at the course only to learn that they have to wait two hours to play, so here are some things you should know about frost that can help.

    How do I know if there is a frost delay?
    Call the golf shop at 619.442.3425 after 6:30AM to check if there is a delay.

    What is frost, and why does it matter?
    Frost is frozen dew that crystalizes on the grass, making it hard and brittle to touch.
    Walking or driving over frost-covered grass causes the plant to break and may rupture plant cells. Just one foursome can leave several hundred footprints on each green, causing extensive damage that can kill the grass and make for poor play.

    What do you mean by frost delay?
    A delay can be anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours and varies based on local temperatures and weather. If frost remains in areas that are unavoidable early in the round, the course must remain closed until it has thawed. Additionally, our maintenance crews cannot work until the frost is clear. The delay gives them time to catch up on course preparations before play can begin for the day.