Wednesday, April 18, 2018

We've Set a Record!

... but not in a good way. It's April 18, 2018, and we're STILL not open. That means we've officially set a record for a late opening, and we don't quite know when that will be. Here's a picture of the first tee at Victoria Park East, taken this morning at about 9:15.
As you can see, the ground is still covered with that crusty, crappy, icy snow that came down hard last weekend. But today promises to bring some melting temperatures; and believe it or not, we're aiming to have something open by Sunday April 22nd. Maybe 9 holes, maybe 18, maybe all greens or maybe not. Maybe carts will be out or maybe not. Maybe maybe maybe. It's frustrating as hell.
Usually, we're open by the first week in April; and sure, there have been years when we open early, then a week later it snows and we have to close for a few days.
By the way, the last time I used the same post title as above was in 2012, but for a very different type of record. Check it out here:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Welcome Spring 2018. Oh, and Hello Again Tiger!

Now that we're into the last two weeks of March, and the sun is shining (although the temperature could be A LITTLE warmer), the telephone and email marathon for "when will you be opening the course" has started.
As of this date (March 20th), our best guess is early April, maybe (please note MAYBE) Easter weekend. Weather conditions have allowed the maintenance crew to do some cleanup and start to get things ready. At a glance, both Victoria Park courses have wintered well, so turf conditions look promising once we get the pins in.
Jay Pembleton and Andrew Roosenboom are going through some new stock for the golf shops - clothing, bags, shoes, and other accessories - and the clubhouse facilities will soon be ready. Let's keep our fingers crossed for the weather, similar to the weather that the PGA Tour enjoyed at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week.... segue into....
Tiger Woods. By many indications, it seems as if the golf world can't let go of him. Despite all of his trials and tribulations (the likes of which could definitely be deemed as career-sinking), back he comes. Plus, I find it interesting to see how the undeniable extent of his talent, and record-setting successes, help keep his past misdemeanors behind a cleverly-crafted curtain. Good for Tiger, and congratulations to whomever does his PR.
Here's an interesting article by the National Post's Scott Stinson, worth a read:

And don't worry, we'll have the courses open before the Florida weather hits us!

Picture credit: Sam Greenwood / Getty Images