The clocks ‘spring ahead’ this weekend, but it already feels like the season’s warmer weather has arrived in the Forest City.
It’s great news for three City of London golf courses, which open for the season at 9a.m. Friday morning following one of their shortest winter breaks in recent memory.
It’s been a tough season for Boler Mountain, on the other hand, but they’re determined to make the most of the mild temperatures.
“We did fire the snow guns back up for the first week of March when it was colder just to try to stockpile and have a little extra supply on hand that we could push around just in case the temperatures did come through,” said Greg Strauss with the Boler management team.
“We’re hanging in their so far… We’ve lost a few runs, we’re down to nine of the 15 runs that are still open. But we’re hoping that we can get through into next week, and again conditions are still good, the runs that are still open have good snow depth on them,” said Strauss.
Strauss said they’ve assigned staff to begin preparing to open Boler’s Tree Top Adventure Park.
“Normally we wouldn’t open it until late April, but because of the warm temperatures forecast it should be a great outing,” he said . “So we will run that next week, it’ll be open from 9:30 to 4:30 Monday right through to Sunday and hopefully we’ll have all three going.”
Meantime, local golf officials didn’t get much of a break this winter season.
“It’s definitely the shortest time between closing and starting again,” said Division Manager of Parks and Community Sports Scott Stafford. “I played myself on Christmas eve, and can’t believe I may get out this weekend, it’s hard to believe [but] it’s great.”
The Thames Valley Classic and Hickory courses, as well as the Fanshawe Traditional Course open Friday morning, with an added incentive for avid players.
“Conditions certainly aren’t as great as they are once we get into May so we have a spring rate that we go on, so it’s not a typical rate,” Stafford said.
For information on times and rates for the city-owned courses can be found here.
The first day of spring, by the way, is March 20th.