Local golf courses get set to open


Golf courses across the province have been given the green light on Monday to prepare for the upcoming season, and Huron Landing Golf Club will be ready for the first tee-time.

“We’ll definitely be ready,” said club manager Ashley Bruyere. “We’ve been working behind the scenes.”

Using an existing skeleton crew, the course has been getting the course cleaned and prepared. The driving range could be ready as early as May 7, with the course ready for tee-time as early as May 12, she said.

Once the province opens courses to the public, they will be ready to go, but with modifications.
Although the province has yet to outline any safety rules for golfers, Bruyere has been busy researching what other provinces are requiring and what other courses are planning to implement, to ensure the safety of staff and patrons.

“There will be some changes to the golfing experience,” she said.

There will likely be changes to arrival protocols, and extra signage to help golfers navigate new social distancing rules, she said.

Bruyere is waiting for official word from the province on start dates and regulations, but is being as proactive as possible, to prevent any delays in opening.

Across the country, golf courses in Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick and PEI are already reopened. Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador will be cleared to open May 11 and 15 respectively. BC golf courses were never mandated to close.

In Quebec, pro shops opened on Monday, with no start date yet for golf. In Nova Scotia, driving ranges have opened, and like Ontario, courses are allowed to begin grounds preparations.