We opened our range on Wednesday and the golf course will open on Friday.
I walked the property with our superintendent Tyler Patroch and full credit to him for how he minds it. We wintered well this year.
Some courses opened early, but it’s only supposed to be 11 C on Friday when we open and we’ll be ready to go.
We’ve done a lot of tree work. Being a tree farm at one time and after 27 years as a golf course, a lot had to go in the fall and we’re getting rid of it. It’s a different look now and when I think of some of those storms we get in the summer, it would have been dangerous.
They did a lot of bunker work and we’ve got irrigation going now, so we’re ready to go. The members are excited to get out here and when the staff hears that, it motivating for them.
While the forecast isn’t perfect for the weekend, even if members don’t play, they’ll pop in and have a coffee and say hello. It gets the ball rolling on the season.
I’m cautious at this time of the year with staffing. I didn’t really know how the weather would be, so we’re at about 28 to 30 per cent and it will be double that in the next 10 days or so.
We still get frost in the morning being down in a valley and it starts getting colder in late afternoon, so we’re not exactly prime time yet, but Tyler will be bring in more people, golf services will get up and running and so will the lounge.
A lot of kids are still in school writing exams, so they’re not exactly waiting at home for a call to come into work, at least not yet.
We should be at full capacity by the middle of May, just before the long weekend.