Local golf course openings three weeks behind last year - InfoNews

Current Conditions

Mostly Cloudy
8.6°C

Local golf course openings three weeks behind last year

Image Credit: Shutterstock
March 20, 2017 - 8:00 PM

KELOWNA - As snow banks continue to melt and fresh grass begins to sprout, golf courses around the Okanagan are getting ready to open.

Currently there is only one course open in the Kelowna area: Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy, located in West Kelowna, opened March 15. However, others are following behind quickly.

Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club hopes to open April 5, nearly three weeks later than last year’s opening date of March 17, which was tied for the course’s earliest opening date ever.

“We still have six inches of snow in a lot of places on the course,” Superintendent Frits Verkerk said. “The biggest thing for us is to get clear of the snow so we can get staff on the course to clean up a bit, and get it ready.”

With their earliest opening ever recorded last year on March 4, The Harvest Golf Club plans to open Friday, March 24.

“The course has winterized beautifully, so early season conditions are excellent,” Bruce Vermee, the course’s head professional said.

Although the courses are starting to open, if you plan on driving a golf cart you’ll have to wait a few more days.

“The carts can damage the turf, we just have to wait a few more days until the course dries up a bit more until they can be used,” Ian Robertson, general manager of Kelowna Springs Golf Club says.

In his 23 years at the course, Robertson says this year has bucked a trend in the past 10 years.

“Last year and the year before were the earliest years we’ve been open, this year would probably be our second latest opening in the past 10 years.”

The opening dates cannot come soon enough for Kelowna golfers, as according to multiple golf courses, phones are ringing non stop.

“We can tell people are excited by the way the phones are jumping, everyone’s eager to go, we just need it to dry up,” said Robertson.


To contact a reporter for this story, email Jenna Hickman or call 250-808-0143 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above. 

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2017
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular kamloops News
  • Comments
  • UPDATE: More snow on the way for Coquihalla Highway
    After a dump of snow on the Coquihalla Highway overnight, the heavy snowfall is expected to resume tonight. Drivers heading to and from the Lower Mainland will get a break today, Jan. 20, wi
  • Rise in duty-free allowance could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs: Retail Council
    CALGARY - Canada's retail industry is warning that raising the duty-free allowance for cross-border shipments could lead to hundreds of thousands of job losses and cut billions of dollars from
  • UPDATE: Missing Vernon woman found
    UPDATE: 9:26 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 VERNON - RCMP says a missing 39-year-old Vernon woman reported missing yesterday, Jan. 19, has been located and she is safe and sound. All p
  • Autopsy: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose
    NEW YORK - Tom Petty died last year because of an accidental drug overdose that his family said occurred on the same day he found out his hip was broken after performing dozens of shows with a les
  • TRENDING NOW: Dog loses it while breaking ice
    %%NoDefaultImage%% This dog gets so excited when the ice on a shallow, frozen creek starts breaking underneath him. The shattering ice proves to be just too much for this loveable pup.
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile