This time last year, the golf season was right around the corner. That may be the case this year; however, there is a sense of uncertainty because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Gilbert Plains Country Club opened up last year on April 18.
"It's honestly a little bit early to tell. We're probably about three weeks to a month away from opening our golf course," said General Manager, Scott McCallum. "We'll have a better indication in a couple of weeks likely."
With the entire country practicing social distancing due to COVID-19, that could also have an effect on the golf season with the sport being quite social. This is something that Scott understands and he's ready to make adjustments.
"I've been talking to several golf professionals in this region and we've been throwing ideas around," continued McCallum. "We do know that golf will be different because this isn't just going to go away. You can expect no rakes in bunkers, modified pins and things like that."
Men's Night is a big part of what happens at the GPCC. Tuesday nights is the 18-hole format while the 9-hole event takes over the course on Thursday evenings. At this point, it's still too early to know if those will happen this season.
"Yeah, we're just going to have to wait for a provincial mandate," concluded McCallum. "We've thrown ideas around so that we can function. Large gatherings are a big part of the golf course, but we want to curb the curve and we respect that. We'll see what the government has to say."
McCallum did add that the first thing to open will be the driving range. Snow has already been cleared, but a significant amount of snow is expected to fall over the next couple of days which will likely push things back as well.