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.
© Gwydion Morris - Special to the Truro Daily News
Truro Golf Club, like other courses in Colchester County, is at the mercy of the weather, and doesn't expect to open until May.
"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 faireays 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."