Worth the wait – golf course openings a sure sign of spring

By on March 13, 2018

Claudia Wood was the first woman to tee off at the Osoyoos Golf Club when it opened for the season on Friday. Managers of the golf course had aimed for a Feb. 16 opening, but Mother Nature brought several more weeks of winter. Golfers on the greens are hopefully a sign that spring has finally arrived. (Richard McGuire photo)

It’s a sign of spring when the local golf courses open and that happened in time for a busy golfing weekend.

Golfers at the Osoyoos Golf Club were lined up to tee off on Friday, while Sonora Dunes was open a day earlier.

Colin Snair, the head golf professional at the Osoyoos Golf Club, said they were aiming for a Feb. 16 opening, but then the snow returned.

Frost needs to be out of the ground before the course can open, he said.

Gary Stead, assistant manager at Sonora Dunes, said they were also planning to open in mid-February before the bad weather hit.

“We’re opening later, but it seems like it’s quite busy,” said Stead. “Our tee times were booked over the weekend and today (Monday) so it seems to have increased the golfers’ appetites. They’re certainly excited about playing.”


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Bob Holmes was among the first to tee off at the Osoyoos Golf Club on Friday, opening day. Temperatures were around nine degrees, but the chilly breeze served as a reminder that spring is only starting. (Richard McGuire photo)


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