Local golf courses left a little more than wet

THUNDER BAY – Late spring and heavy flooding have resulted in a late start to the season at the city’s golf courses.

The Emerald Greens golf course has yet to open due to a large amount of water coming from the river that runs through the course and owner Jack Watson says that although flooding is fairly typical for this period of year, they only get as bad as every 10 years.

“It’s because of the big snowmelt, and also the heavy rains that have been added for a few days there. The good thing is that it took the frost off the ground, faster than usual. C So it’s almost a good thing that happened, compared to a long, slow spring like last year,” Watson said.

Despite the flooding, the golf course is only 5 days behind, and now that the frost is gone, they can start tending the grass. With all the sun in the forecast and the water rapidly receding, Watson hopes to open the course next week.

“Most years, you know, you always dream of opening in April, but they’re rare, and if you start early it seems like it’s good for a week and then you have bad weather for two weeks. So I would say if you go into the first two weeks of May, you’re pretty much on schedule,” Watson said.

Meanwhile, the Dragon Hills golf course is in full swing, with the driving range, disc golf course, and most of their greens open.

Golf carts are not permitted on the course at this time due to wet ground but, despite the humidity, golfers are excited to finally be on the course.

“The phone has been ringing since 8 a.m. for three days. It’s like okay, we’re doing our best. The course is in great condition, but I mean it’s still wet on some holes. I mean the frost is still coming out of the ground, but I guess every day is a big improvement,” said owner Michael Komar.

Dragon Hills will open at 9 a.m., and Komar says his staff are excited to have everyone back.

Michael C. Ford