Golf course open for play

Tumbler Ridge Golf and Country Club opened their 18th season of play on Monday (April 24) on temporary greens with reduced greensfees of $10 for nine holes and $18 for 18 on weekdays and $12 and $20 on the weekends.

Course superintendent Connie Mitchell said she will open the greens as soon as possible which she hopes will be the first weekend in May. ?I?m still finding frost just a couple inches down when I probe the greens,? she said ?but the forecast is for warmer nights which will tell the story. The greens wintered well. In fact, the entire course had a good winter and only needs to turn green.?

General manager Kevin Clare is expecting 2006 to be a banner golf season. ?Judging from our tournament bookings, we?re going to have a big season,? he said. ?Anyone planning an event who hasn?t booked yet should give me a call at 242-3533 to reserve their tee times. The weekends are filling up fast.?

There are also senior rates, junior rates, family rates, half-season rates and punch card rates (12 rounds) which can be learned by phoning the pro shop.

The driving range and practice facility opened a week before the course with rates of $3 for a small bucket and $5 for large for those who may have misplaced their golf swings over the winter.