Golf season will come eventually but play on local Ottawa golf courses will have to wait a little longer.
An Easter Weekend of warmer temperatures escalated the snow melting process but a return to some cooler weather for the next few days will not be a big help to the many golfers eager to hit the local links. Environment Canada is also predicting an April that will be cooler than normal so at best the National Capital Region will be easing into the season.
Several golf courses in the region are predicting openings in the next 8 days (Nation Golf in Plantagenet for example) but as always in this part of Canada, that is subject to adjustment. A number of courses will be targeting the April 10th-18th window.
Currently there is just one golf course within a two hour drive of Ottawa that is officially open, the Kingston Par 3 Golf Club and it has been a hive of activity since they started welcoming golfers on Friday.
Just as busy have been various practice ranges in the Ottawa area. The Kevin Haime Golf Centre in Kanata, the first open, has had golfers lining up each morning to hit balls.
“It’s been unbelievable so far,” Kevin Haime told Flagstick Saturday by phone. “The golfers have been waiting for us at the gates just about every morning. It’s nice to see after a long, snowy last couple of months.”
Golfers with the itch to get outdoors have also been swarming to the Target Golf Centre in the south end of Ottawa (Gloucester) and to Innes Road GolfLand (Orleans)and Mer Bleue (Navan), both in the East end of Ottawa. They are all ope for business.
While the weather in Ottawa and the opening timing for golf facilities is basically in line with long term averages golfers are a little more impatient this year after a 2012 Spring that saw many golf courses opening in Mid-March.
For now though, they’ll have to be a little more patient and satisfy their golf craving at the ranges. As frustrating as it may be, in a few weeks the golf season will begin in earnest and this weather delay will be but a distant memory.