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Woodside Golf Course managers takes wait-and-see approach to opening

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 11:38 am

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With warm weather earlier in March, it looked as if the Woodside Golf Course in Airdrie would have an early start to its 2014 season.

However, after weeks of snow, Mother Nature has put everything at a standstill, with an opening start date still to be determined as of press time.

“Right now, we are just in a wait-and-see approach,” Woodside Golf Course Head Professional Tom Lee said. “It finally stopped snowing on Monday (March 31) and when we went to walk the course on Tuesday (April 1), the snow was knee-deep to ankle-deep in some spots.”

“Once the snow disappears, that doesn’t mean that we can open right away,” he added. “We have to give the course at least four to five days to dry out, as there are going to be some areas that will be iced out.”

Having opened up the 18-hole facility last year on April 20, 2013, Woodside staff started to make preparations for 2014 on March 15, when the course managers allowed golfers to use its driving range.

However, things would soon come to a screeching halt.

“We had four days of use on the range for local golfers, but that was it,” Lee said.

“We were all pretty excited about getting everything going, but that all came to a halt pretty quickly.”

Lee pointed out that for the most part, golf courses in the area usually have a good idea around this time of year as to when they will open up for business.

However, this year has been a bit different so far, especially when it comes to the weather.

“You can’t even give people an idea on a date, because things can change,” Lee said.

“You look at the long-range forecast and you see plus temperatures, but you need things to be around the nine to 11 degree mark.”

“If it’s only 4°C outside, that’s not really going to do anything,” he added.

For more information on the official start of the 2014 golf season, along with registration for the club’s league, visit www.woodsidegc.com


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