Early spring great for golfers

Warm tem­per­a­tures, great con­di­tions means busy week­end at Pitcher’s Pond

The Compass - - OPINION -

Un­sea­son­ably warm spring tem­per­a­tures are be­ing greeted with en­thu­si­asm through­out the re­gion, es­pe­cially by those who en­joy the game of golf.

Pitcher’s Pond golf course in White­way, Trin­ity South was bristling with ac­tiv­ity dur­ing the week­end of April 21-22, with some 350 rounds played on the nine­hole fa­cil­ity, said man­ager Ray Tuck.

“It was one of the busiest week­ends we ever had this early in the sea­son,” said Tuck, adding that the course is in “great” con­di­tion.

Tem­per­a­tures reached into the low 20s over the week­end.

Pitcher’s Pond is tra­di­tion­ally one of the first cour­ses in the prov­ince to open, and this year was no ex­cep­tion. Tuck said the first play­ers stepped to the tee on March 6, fol­low­ing a mild win­ter with very lit­tle snow­fall.

He said one en­thu­si­ast showed up with a spe­cial­ized propane heater in his en­closed golf cart, which is sym­bolic of the ex­tremes some peo­ple will go to play the game.

With the rain and cold tem­per­a­tures from sum­mer 2011 still

“It was one of the busiest week­ends we ever had this early in the sea­son.”

fresh in ev­ery­one’s minds, out­door en­thu­si­asts are hop­ing that sum­mer 2012 is more for­giv­ing, and are en­cour­aged by the early signs.

Many of those mak­ing their way around the course were quick to point out that the re­cent clus­ter of warm days sur­passed the en­tire month of June 2011.

Pitcher’s Pond, which opened in 2005, is run by a board of di­rec­tors. Tuck said all prof­its are rein­vested into the course.

Paul Thomas lines up his shot off the tee at Pitcher’s Pond golf course in White­way on Sun­day, April 22.

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