Golf Courses Open Earlier This Year Than Previous Years

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“It’s unheard of for us to open this early,” Elmira Country Club Head Golf Professional, Joe Norman said.

There’s nothing that could ruin a golfer’s day on Wednesday. The sun was shining, the courses were dry, it’s the first day the Elmira Country Club Golf Course is open and it’s only the beginning of March.

“It’s definitely earlier than ever before since I’ve been here,” Norman said.

The weather has everything to do with it.  When it’s 75 degrees in March, golfers say that’s a hole in one.

“The course is perfect. [There was] no snow this winter, no ice damage; our superintendent is thrilled with the way it looks,” Norman said.

Courses all across the area are opening earlier than ever before, including Willow Creek Golf Club opening Friday and Mark Twain Golf Course opening Saturday.  Last year, Mark Twain didn’t open its doors for another month.

“We had a late, probably two weeks late, start.  April 14 was the opening day last year,” Mark Twain General Manager, Jay Turcsik said.

 With the course in the condition it’s in, there’s no reason to stay closed.

” [The superintendent is] able to mow fairways, greens, and everything before opening day, which is another unusual thing because usually it’s just the greens that he tries to get into shape,” Turcsik said.

“It’s looking better than it normally does at this time of the year,” Willow Creek Director of Golf Operations, Bobby Solometo said.

Under the new ownership at Willow Creek, you can expect some big changes when you arrive for your tee time.

“We’ve totally redesigned the whole clubhouse. We put in new heating and air-conditioning ducts. We put in new ceiling’s, new carpeting, we redesigned the bar area and the old pro shop is now extra area for dining and for events,” Solometo said.

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