What a great day for golf…”It’s nice out so I thought, why not,” says Richard Trott as he prepared to tee off at the Garrison Golf & Curling Club in Kingston, Ontario on Wednesday. Wednesday…December 9th, I might add. As in less than two weeks until it is officially winter.
Trott was not alone in taking the initiative to play a little golf today. With no snow on the ground and temperatures in the modest single digits enthusiasts are still finding their way to fairways around the eastern Ontario and Outaouais.
I enjoyed 13 holes of play at Garrison (the back nine and a four hole loop on the front nine before I had to leave) and playing conditions were surprisingly good. The fairways were not overly soft; golf balls did not gather much mud, and the greens, despite being a little bumpy, rolled faster than expected. Who’s going to complain? It’s December in Ontario and I was golfing!
Among the many regional golf courses still open in Eastern Ontario/Gatineau are Champlain (Gatineau), Falcon Ridge (Ottawa), Kingsway Park (Gatineau), Pineview (Ottawa), Mapleview (Perth), Heritage (Lancaster), Summerheights (MacLennan South), Dec. 11th) Garrison (Kingston), Cedar Glen (Williamsburg), Crooked Creek (Athens), Calabogie Highlands (Barryvale), Canadian Golf & Country Club (Ashton) and Timber Ridge (Brighton). Some other courses are open “unofficially” for members and we are expecting to hear from a few others.
The Kevin Haime Golf Centre in Kanata is also open for business, saying they have no closing date yet in sight. Like others they are on pace for a record length of season.
Those that have stayed open have been reaping the rewards. While few will go on record to say just how much they might be taking in, even at a reduced green fee it’s been a nice little boost to cash flow in a year that started late due to lingering snow in the Spring.
Garrison Golf & Curling Club’s Office Manager, James Breen, says the club was busy last weekend and with projected highs in the double digits this coming weekend, they expect it will be more of the same. They are scheduled to close officially on December 15th.
Enjoy it while you can golfers; enjoy it while you can.
Winter is just around the corner…we think.