Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring Arrives Early...or Did We Just Skip Winter?

This hasn't been a typical Canadian winter for those of us in Southern Ontario.

We have been blessed with unseasonably mild temperatures throughout the winter season, getting little snowfall and very few really cold days. In fact, I only had to use my snow shovel three times all year.

Throughout the warm spell, most of us were afraid to talk about it out of fear that a monumental blizzard was waiting to unleash itself at any moment.

Unbelievably, those seemingly inevitable snowstorms never materialized and here we are approaching mid-March with temperatures hovering in the mid-60s. And you know what happens when you get an unseasonably mild winter with very little precipitation or frost damage?

A golf course opening earlier then it ever has in its 100+ year history!

My home club, St. Catharines G&CC, opened the short game facility on Sunday morning and will be welcoming members to the first tee tomorrow, breaking a record set a couple years back by about 3 or 4 days.

It's amazing how we can stretch out a golf season in these parts now - years ago you were lucky to get six months of golf in. Now, we can play right into the first week of December and start playing again in mid-March, meaning only about three months or so of rust instead of six.

That said, I haven't picked up a club since Canadian Thanksgiving in early October so I'm pretty excited to get the opportunity to play again. I've got a lot of things going on here at home and at work, so it might be another week or two before I get to take advantage of the course opening but it's very exciting to know that the opportunity exists if things improve with my schedule.


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