Nelson golfer Paul Belanger gets a jump on the golf season by hitting the driving range at the Birchbank Golf Course on Thursday. The course is the first to open in the West Kootenay with tee-off times starting at 10 a.m.

Nelson golfer Paul Belanger gets a jump on the golf season by hitting the driving range at the Birchbank Golf Course on Thursday. The course is the first to open in the West Kootenay with tee-off times starting at 10 a.m.

Birchbank tees off

Birchbank is the first to open in the West Kootenay with tee-off times starting at 10 a.m.