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Mountain golf courses trying to bring the green back to grounds ravaged by icy season

In late December, 6 inches of snow fell on the golf course at Jug Mountain Ranch in McCall.

The crew breathed a sigh of relief, knowing the importance that snowpack plays as an insulator to protect grass from ice damage.

The next night, a rainstorm swept through Valley County ‚ and washed away the snow. By morning, all that water was frozen.

“I have photos of what our golf course looked like on Dec. 30,” said Dustin Ames, the pro at Jug Mountain. “There were 4 to 7 inches of ice across the whole thing.”

Similar conditions throughout the Idaho 55 corridor devastated several of the state’s most popular mountain golf courses.

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