Here at Coppinwood, we’re planning to open April 23, but the weather’s been perfect, so we’ll see what happens as far as opening earlier.
I think we’re off to a good start to the season. I talk to my greenskeeper almost daily and he feels that last year, we had six thaw/freezes – when it thawed and froze, thawed and froze again – but this year, he thinks it’s been about one-and-a-half. While last year was a tough winter, this year was mild.
Right now, in Southern Ontario, we’re getting 12 C, or 15 and 16 and even when they’re calling for cooler weather, it’s still single digits – three, four or five – instead of around freezing.
I’ve talked to a few people in other parts of the country as well and they’re thinking that the courses will be in pretty good shape when they open, which is a blessing compared to the previous few years.
When a lot of courses opened last year, they had temporary greens and I know a lot of courses that hadn’t had temporary greens in 20 years, but some had one, others opened with four. This year, if we can just get away without temporary greens, it bodes well for business.
People might think they’ll start a little early. That gets them hooked into their routines and, if that’s the case, there are a few extra rounds out there for everybody.
Considering the challenges we’ve had with the weather and the economy the past few years, it would be nice to get off to a good start and what’s really encouraging is that the long-range predictions are calling for a hotter summer than normal.
How can they predict July and August right now?
I’m not worried about it.
I just jump on those things and hope they’re true.