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Woodside Golf Course hosts Snow Cup

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 06:00 am

Noot Ellard got more snow than ball on his shot at the Woodside Golf Course on Feb. 15 during the club's annual Snow Cup event.
Noot Ellard got more snow than ball on his shot at the Woodside Golf Course on Feb. 15 during the club's annual Snow Cup event.
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One might not think golfing in Airdrie would be a possibility in February, but 26 golfers took matters into their own hands on Feb. 15, as the fourth annual Woodside Snow Cup event took place at the Woodside Golf Course in Airdrie.

“It really started off about having people come out to have a good time on the Family Day weekend and to have a fun event during the winter,” Woodside Golf Course Head Professional and Event Organizer Tom Lee said. “We had 26 people come out this year, the majority of which were members from our club, and everyone was having a ton of fun.”

“I have been taking part in this event ever since it started, and I have had a blast every time,” Bill Dowell added. “At the Snow Cup, I can actually par a hole as opposed to when I am out here golfing during the rest of the year.”

Unlike a regular round of golf, there are a few differences when it comes to the Snow Cup event, which takes place on a six-hole layout on= the back nine of the Woodside Golf Course.

“Obviously, it would be hard to try and find a regular small white golf ball in the snow, so we use a tennis ball as it’s the best ball to use given the flight patterns,” Lee said. “We also only allow the golfers to use one of the clubs between a two iron and a seven iron, and they usually end up using a five or six iron.”

In between trying to blast the balls out of the snow, golfers also have to deal with less-than-ideal conditions compared to what they would face during the regular golf season.

However, those that took part in the Snow Cup were pleased by the above seasonal temperatures of -5C that greeted them when they arrived on the first tee.

“The biggest challenge is to try and swing the club with this many clothes on, so I have had to shed a layer once I started,” Dowell said. “Overall though, I can’t complain about how nice it is, as it can be a lot nastier out here at this time of year.”

“I remember the first year I took part in this back in 2011, and it was -20°C all day long,” he added.

“All you could see on the course was big gloves on everyone’s hands and everyone’s face being covered up just to stay warm.”


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