You could hear the sweet sound of your ball dropping into the hole at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club much earlier than expected this year.
The course will open on Wednesday, April 7, with the driving range also opening on that day. Ray Karlson says after inspection, they're nearly ready to welcome the public.
"We noticed that a lot of snow had disappeared and a lot of the sitting water was starting to soak up," said Karlson. "We just have to do some cart path cleaning and pick up some trees that had fallen over the winter months."
Tee times begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday and it'll cost $30 for 18 holes, a $12 savings from the normal $42. Carts will also be available, but they can only be used on the cart path for the time being.
A big change will be in place when the season starts on Wednesday in Dauphin -- at least for now -- and that change will see no alcohol served on the course. The provincial government announced that courses aren't allowed to sell alcohol on the golf course anymore, news that is very frustrating for all golf course executives across the province.
"For them to come down and say absolutely no alcohol can be sold on the course but you can go to the restaurant and have one, I just don't get the logic," said Karlson. "It really doesn't make sense and I in no way agree with it."
Karlson says the course wintered very well and everyone at the club is looking forward to what they hope will be another historic summer. Tee time traffic was up more than 35% last year while 79 new members joined.
"The greens look very good, so we're really happy about that," ended Karlson. "Our 14th hole has snow and water on it, but we're pumping that out on Monday morning to get it ready for Wednesday."
The Home Hardware two-man best ball tournament in support of the Gary Brandon Sports Bursary returns to Dauphin Lake from May 28-30 while the Dauphin Kings Par 3 Extravaganza will take place on June 12.