On a day like today, you can definitely identify where/how well water moves on the course, an easy way to find more drainage projects that are needed. The rate and amount of melt on a given hole says a lot about it's level of exposure and can provide keys on what areas may require additional snow mold or mite protection, winter watering or even what areas we will see green up first.
It's also worth noting that the more snow we receive in an event, the greater the discrepancy between the first and last hole to melt off. For instance, if we have a couple inches it may only take a few hours for the course to completely clear. If we get 20", there can be a difference of many weeks between the first hole clearing and when the final snow drift melts off. It all depends on exposure and soil temps. The funny thing about our brief discussion today is that they are calling for additional snow tomorrow! UGGH