Mother Nature postpones golf club openings

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TRURO – Because winter is reluctant to give way to spring this year, some area golf clubs have been forced to delay their opening days this season.

Truro Golf Club, like other courses in Colchester County, is at the mercy of the weather, and doesn’t expect to open until May. GWYDION MORRIS – Special to the Truro Daily News

“The next month determines when we can open,” said Greg Sutherland, director of golf at Truro Golf Club.

Sutherland said his course was open this time last year, but expects an early May opening for the new season.

Any snow that fell this time last year would melt rather quickly, however, this winter has been colder, leading to more snow and ice on the ground, Sutherland said.

In order for the ground to be clear of frost, the temperature at night has to be above zero, which Sutherland hopes will be soon.

“I wish it was different, but we have to be realistic,” he said. “We’re in the hands of Mother Nature.”

During a recent membership drive at the club, those who attended expressed their desire to hit the fairways and greens.

“Everybody’s keen to play,” Sutherland said.

The club’s first tournament, the June Bug Classic women’s event, is scheduled for the May 31 weekend, and the Truro Invitational is two weeks later.

Once the snow does clear, it will be business as usual, said Sutherland. Any debris that’s collected over the winter will have to be cleared from the course and the condition of the fairways and greens will be what finally determines when play can begin. The extended snow shouldn’t have any ill effect on the grass.

“It’ll be no worse than any other year,” he said.

Likewise, Ridgewood Golf Club pin Truro Heights planned to open last weekend, but owner Ray Thibault said weather didn’t cooperate.

“As soon as we get through winter, we’ll open,” Thibault said.

Last year, the course was open on March 24. Thibault said he couldn’t guess when he’ll be able to open this year.

Despite knowing some golfers are willing to play in toques and gloves, Thibault said he hasn’t heard from any golfers that are asking to get out.

“Anybody that looks out their window wouldn’t ask that question.”

Organizations: Truro Golf Club, Ridgewood Golf Club

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  • Bill Nye
    April 07, 2014 - 19:44

    In the spring, the ground frost actually thaws from the top and bottom and the last frost to leave the ground is in the middle. Below zero temperatures at night may refreeze the upper ¼ inch or so of the soil but it quickly thaws out the next day and has no discernable affect on frost leaving the ground.

  • Happy Gilmore
    April 06, 2014 - 11:36

    Sutherland said course was open this time last year, but expects an early May opening for the new season.....not true at all, a correction needed there. it was well past mid april before tgc opened last year. the truro golf club has never been open at this time of year, never....even the amazing spring of 2012, it was well past mid april before sutherland could get the act together to open that spring. one thing sutherland says is true, the way the tgc operates, it will be may before their ready to open..... and most years it has nothing to do with the weather. Happy