Birchbank: Golfers set to tee off

Greater Trail and area golfers can celebrate St. Paddy’s Day today by wearing green and teeing off at the Birchbank Golf Course.

Greater Trail and area golfers can celebrate St. Paddy’s Day today by wearing green and teeing off at the Birchbank Golf Course.

While the Birchbank driving range has been opened for a couple weeks, the 18-hole course is primed and ready for play a few days before the first day of spring, and almost two weeks prior to its projected Apr. 1 opening.

“It’s opening to the day the same as last year, St. Patrick’s Day,” said Birchbank manager and golf pro Dennis Bradley.

The greens and fairways wintered very well at Birchbank, and the course opens the season with all permanent greens and tees in play.

“It’s awesome,” said Bradley. “It has come through (winter) great. It’s a little wet, we’ve had a little more rain than normal, but we can always use the moisture.”

The first tee-off times will go at 10 a.m., while there is still a chance of frost in the mornings, but the Pro Shop is open and carts ready to go.

“There is just a few thatch patches, but we get some heat and all the patches will be gone, nothing major,” added Bradley.

Birchbank is also offering an opening weekend special of 25 per cent off green fees. The Bistro restaurant is scheduled to open next week.

Champion Lakes and Redstone Resort golf courses tentative openings are set for Apr. 15.

To make a tee time at Birchbank call 693-2255 or go to birchbankgolf.com.

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