Dust off your clubs

Pitcher’s pond manager says course ready for new sea­son

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Lo­cal golfers look­ing to hit the links in White­way won’t have wait much longer to tee off.

In fact, manager Ray Tuck told The Compass late last week there could be golfers walk­ing the greens at Pitcher’s Pond Golf Course “any day now.”

“We’re play­ing it by ear,” said Tuck.

Last week, the nine-hole course was mostly de­void of snow, with some still found in the wooded area around the holes and in some of the bunkers. Golf paths are clear and staff is ready to ac­cept golf en­thu­si­asts.

When it comes to golf, the peo­ple of this prov­ince are fever­ish for the sport. They don’t mind brav­ing less than ideal tem­per­a­tures in or­der to swing the

“Some of the golfers have said they’d come and walk around,” said Tuck.

Pitcher’s Pond is tra­di­tion­ally one of the first cour­ses in the prov­ince to open, and Tuck said the course is usu­ally up and run­ning by now. How­ever, a dump­ing of snow in late March buried any chances of an ear­lier start.

“We like to try and get started ahead of the (St. John’s) cour­ses,” said Tuck.

In the past, low tem­per­a­tures or a slight driz­zle have not de­terred golfers from play­ing the popular course. Golfers have come with weather cov­ers for their carts and, in some ex­treme cases, they’ve even brought heaters for the carts.

“We have some who do and there are some who won’t golf un­til the weather is good and they go out and en­joy them­selves,” said Tuck.

It is shap­ing up to be a big sum­mer for the course. Pitcher’s is set to host the pro­vin­cial ju­nior cham­pi­onships later in the sea­son, amongst a cou­ple of other fairly large tour­na­ments.

For now, the course will have to wait for early birds to ar­rive.

“I’ve had calls. We’re ready now. I’ve prob­a­bly had 10-12 calls a day to my house. That’s been go­ing on for the last cou­ple of weeks,” said Tuck. “Any day now that they want to golf, they can.”

I’ve prob­a­bly had 10-12 calls a day to my house.

Ray Tuck

COMPASS FILE PHOTO

Pitcher’s Pond Golf Course in White­way is ready for any avid golfer look­ing to get back into the swing of things.

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