COURSE CARE Golfers: What to Watch for This Spring March 21, 2016 Central Region: The Effects of a Mild Winter It was no surprise that a strong El Niño effect resulted in a relatively mild and uneventful winter throughout the Central Region. What does this mean for golfers? Northeast Region: Indications of a Promising Spring After two consecutive years of winter injury and delayed course openings, current signs point to an early spring without the extensive damage seen in recent years. Southeast Region: Recovery is the Key Spring is a great time for golf across the Southeast. Sunnier days, and less rain than we experienced from the strong El Niño, will mean better growing and playing conditions. West Region: Unusual Winter Should Lead to Interesting Spring Golfers in the West can expect a wild time this spring, following a winter of above-average temperatures and heavy precipitation in many areas.