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!