Yes like the Game of thrones John snow said "winter is coming " and in sunny blighty that means temporary greens, matts and no buggies. But that doesnt happen everywhere, no I have heard of courses that allow buggies, and proper greens.
So what are the real facts, and what should courses be doing over the winter ? Im not a green keeper and a even worse gardener so I have no clue, but I have played both types of courses during winter and then in spring, and I must admit the damage is minimal for both. If anything the period before and after winter where conditions are soft and the continuing battle against pitch mark repair seems to be when lots of damage occurs. I will just add a little point, I worked in a halfway house and I have seen the damage a non repaired pitch mark makes and trust me it is substantial. I have also had a conversation regards footwear and the damage some types can cause on greens, with there plastic almost football boots sole. Tomorrow I am going to play my local links course Newbiggin by the sea, it a nice honest little course and the greens a hard and fast, both in winter and summer. They used to have tram lines either side of the fairway and a line 30- 40 yards short of the green, these were measures to protect the fairways. Im sure there are books that will show what damage can be done over winter, but and Im not sure if its a correlation but less green keepers normally means more protection.
I love winter golf, there's nothing like a 20 yard chip which goes 600 yards, or a putt that looks more like a air hockey puck bouncing of the sides. Whats even better are the golfer's who try to take it seriously, tis the season to be jolly. Yep the feeling of 16 upper layers and frozen hands and feet really, make you want to get out there and play 😜😜