Early opening for Champion Lakes Golf

Early opening for Champion Lakes Golf

Early opening for Champion

The Champion Lakes Golf and Country Club will set a record for its earliest opening when golfers tee off on Saturday.

The Champion Lakes Golf and Country Club will set a record for its earliest opening when golfers tee off on Saturday.

Despite a heavy snowfall this winter, warm weather in February and March has the 9-hole championship course ready for play three weeks prior to its expected opening date in April.

“The course looks really good,” said General Manager and Club Professional Kevin Nesbitt. “All the greens look great. All the snow is basically gone, just a little bit on three and a little patch on five, but nothing on the greens or tees.”

Like the Birchbank Golf Course in Trail, the winter was kind to the Fruitvale course and players will have all regulation tees and greens in play. Morning frost will mean tee off times will likely go between 10 and 11 a.m. on a first-come-first-serve basis and no tee-times booked until the weather is more predictable.

But the spring thaw means deals on pricing as well, with 25 per cent off for early season golfers. Players can practice up for Saturday by hitting the driving range, which opened on Wednesday.

“It’s open about three weeks early, I think it’s the earliest we’ve ever had, it’s usually open between Apr. 10 and 15,” said Nesbitt. “The weather next week is suppose to be really good too, so we’re in great shape.”

For more info, call Champion Lakes Golf Club at 367-7001.