Golf season in full swing

Staff

While “ice-out” may mark the official sign of spring for most people here in Rainy River District, for others it is when they are able to take their first swing of a golf club.
All three local courses officially opened for the 2011 season over the past couple of weeks, with Kitchen Creek being the first to welcome golfers on Wednesday, April 27.
“The course has been in really good shape so far,” general manager Glen Kellar said.
“Our greens have wintered really well, and the staff here has been doing a great job of keeping the course in good shape,” he added.
Heron Landing on Couchiching officially was up and running on Sunday, May 1, with the course holding its annual “demo day” this past Saturday.
“In the eight years that I’ve been here, I have never seen the course winter as well as I have had this year,” head golf pro and general manager Brian Johnstone enthused.
“We were off to a little bit of slow start, weather-wise, but now that everything’s up and rolling, we are in good shape,” he added.
The last of the district courses to open up was the nine-hole Spruce Creek golf course, which began its season Saturday.
“We had a very good turnout for our first day,” said co-owner Laurie Pentney.
“Things are starting to green up now, though it’s going a little bit slowly,” she admitted.
“So a little warmer conditions and some rain at night would certainly be helpful.”