It was a historic golf season last summer at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club despite a few tinkers to rules on the golf course brought on by the novel coronavirus. 

79 new members joined last summer and green fee traffic was up about 35% compared to the year prior. And now, a new golf season is right around the corner and although the weather to start the week has been less than ideal, Ray Karlson says opening day hasn't been delayed.

Ray says they are tentatively planning to open on April 19 for the season.

"We have a lot of sitting water so a slow melt is beneficial for us," Karlson. "Our grounds crew starts on April 5 and I think it's safe to say that we're all counting down the days."

If you haven't been a member since 2017, you can take advantage of some great prices this year. An adult membership is $600 if you haven't while a senior can pick up a membership for just $525. 

"We're really excited to offer this option and we're hoping that it attracts many golfers of all skill levels," said Karlson. 

Another attraction to Dauphin Lake this year is 26 brand-new carts, as well as the interior of the clubhouse, which has been renovated.

Growing the game:

Dauphin Lake was unable to hold any junior lessons last year because of the pandemic, but they're back this summer. Five lessons free of charge have been confirmed on May 1, 8, 15, 22, and June 5 at the driving range.

"The way to get juniors into the game is to get them on the range," said Karlson. "We're looking forward to these lessons with our new junior executives."

The Home Hardware two-man match play tournament in support of the Gary Brandon Sports Bursary will return from May 28-30 while the Dauphin Kings Par 3 Extravaganza goes down on June 12.

New look, new feel:

When renovations are done, the back nine at Dauphin Lake will be a Par 37. Work to make the 12th hole longer will begin this season and in turn, 13 would also change, turning the back nine from a 35 to a 37.