Golf season finally returns to the Southwest

George Bowditch
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With winter slowly loosening its grip on Saskatchewan, golfers are coming out of hibernation and getting out to their favourite golf course to testing out their new swing.

With winter slowly loosening its grip on Saskatchewan, golfers are coming out of hibernation and getting out to their favourite golf course to testing out their new swing.

In the Swift Current area, golfers are blessed with having three 18-hole grass green courses as well as a nine hole layout at Lac Pelletier Regional Park. What is even better is the fact all are open for the 2009 golf season.

Elmwood Golf Club General Manager Sheldon Reinhart is excited to get the new golf season underway.

"We are trying to get the golf course ready to go and we opened up on Saturday on all 18 greens."

Reinhart has inspected the greens and he is pleasantly pleased with what he saw.

"I went out and saw the greens and they are in very good shape. There doesn't seem to be any problems, and number four green came through in a lot better shape than what we expected and is looking very good.

The biggest changes at Elmwood are occurring off the golf course.

"Nothing for upgrades on the golf course. We don't have anything planned that way, but this year we hired two chefs for the restaurant. We are definitely excited about having them and delivering very good food."

The course is gearing up for a major summer event, and a number of up-and-coming young golfers coming to Elmwood.

"Our biggest event this year is going to be the Saskatchewan Junior Boys and Junior Girls Championship which runs July 6 to 10."

Across town at the City run Chinook Golf Course, veteran Golf Professional, John Gaudet heads into his 44th year as a golf professional. His enthusiasm for golf has not waned one bit.

"This is year number 44 and heading to my 14th year at Chinook Golf Course. It is still a lot of fun. There is not going to be too many more. It is nice to get started and see the warm weather come."

While the spring weather has been a little cool, the course appears to be in great shape.

"It is still a little cool and there is still frost in the ground. We opened the greens last week (the front nine) and then we had to close them because of the cold weather. Monday or Tuesday we hoped to have all 18 open. The greens look good."

The staff around the Chinook Golf course is much the same as it was last year so golfers will see a lot of familiar faces around the course.

As far as special events, Gaudet noted that both the men's and the ladies night are very popular. Ladies Night is Wednesday while men's Night goes on Thursday.

The Sask. Landing Golf Course is usually one of the first golf courses to open in Saskatchewan, and this year was no exception. The only thing that has slowed it down has been the weather.

Jeff Gross, General Manager and Head Professional at Sask. Landing, is glad to get the 2009 golf season underway.

"We got a little bit of a late start this year but hopefully we will have a great summer."

There are no major changes or renovations happening at the course other than rebuilding the practice green. He stresses that their main goal for the year is to provide the best golf experience possible.

"Our first event this year is the Member-Guest Tournament that is happening on May 23rd. Our big tournament which we have a change of date for is the Carson Welding Tournament of Aces. The new date is June 13th.

Every week during the golf season, Sask. Landing has a Men's Night and a Ladies' Night.

The nine-hole track at Lac Pelletier is up and running for another season and by all indications the course is in good condition and ready to welcome all golfers.

Organizations: Golf Club

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Elmwood, Swift Current Lac Pelletier Regional Park

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