Golf in the winter? KW courses bring the idea to the fore


If you’re a golfer who’s started putting away clubs, a Waterloo Region golf company tells you that you might want to reconsider your decision.

GolfNorth in Conestogo says it will keep its courses open all winter long, and based on the responses they have received so far, people are eager to play, even in the snow.

“We’ve had a lot of positive responses on our website and the comments we’ve heard from our members,” COO Mike Garside told CBC Kitchener-Waterloo.

“There are a lot of people who would normally go down south at this time of year, but they don’t go, so they’re looking for opportunities to go out and get a little more exercise. they can play their favorite sport in the winter, so they are very happy. “

Garside says that while golf in Canada was traditionally a summer activity, it is no longer necessarily the case.

“Obviously, with COVID raising its ugly head, we’ve been in a position where summer golf has seen a very good increase in the game and the people playing,” he said.

“We decided that people were going to need different things to do during the winter, so why not go from summer to winter and give people something to do.”

Playing golf in a pile of snow

GolfNorth says golfers who hit the winter links won’t hit the tees. Instead, they should look for a stake and go behind it.

“The greens will not be in play so people will not be putting on normal greens. There will be a flag in front of the green,” said Garside.

“Your teeing area will be in front of the normal teeing areas of the golf course.

“It’s just more of an outdoor activity where people can hang out with their family, friends and have a good time – people exercise and take you out of the house during COVID. “

COO Mike Garside said GolfNorth will keep its courses open all winter long and, based on the response they’ve received so far, people are eager to play even in the snow. (Submitted by Mike Garside)

And if you’re wondering how players could find a white golf ball in the snow, Garside said they wouldn’t.

“We strongly suggest that people buy colorful golf balls. We’ll have them to buy if people don’t have them. But you can get them at any off-course golf store,” he said. he declares.

Booking a departure

Vice President Mike Turner said in a press release that for traditional GolfNorth customers, when they book online, they will be asked to create a new profile due to a new booking system.

Turner added that the class calendars will contain information about which classes will be open on which day.

Meanwhile, Garside said “absolutely anyone” can register to participate in winter golf.

“Golf is a sport for all ages – kids all the way. We have members who are over 90, people of all ages, all genders, they can get out and enjoy the outdoors and spend a great time with their friends and family, ”Garside said. CBC News.

“I think even just getting outside for a lot of people is fun anyway, whether it’s hiking a trail or playing golf in the snow,” a- he added.

“I think people are going to have fun and make it a really fun activity. Golf is an extremely popular sport in the first place, so I think doing it on a different season will be very enjoyable for a lot of people.”

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