April 9, 2014 7:55 pm

Golf season arrives in Manitoba

WINNIPEG – Manitoba golfers can finally get in their practice swings.

With spring weather and the Masters only a day away, golf courses are opening up.

“On a day like today, it’s not a bad day to be outside and do a little bit of spring cleaning,” said Keith Desautels at Shooters.

While Shooters still has over three feet of snow and won’t be opening the course for a few weeks, the driving range opened Wednesday afternoon.

South of the city, golf clubs are faring even better.

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At Carman Golf and Curling Club the snow has melted, leaving a swamp of water.

Groundskeeper Rob Hamm has been hard at work pumping out the melted snow.

The course won’t be up to par for two weeks, but seeing grass is making golfers anxious to get out.

“As soon as it starts melting, everyone wants to get going. It’s been a long winter,” said Hamm.

“I’d love to be out there today but I guess it’s a bit early and we need that snow to melt, but a couple of weeks and we could get our first shot,” said golfer Theresa Bergsma.

Even farther south in Morden, they’ve been enjoying spring for weeks.

At Minnewasta Golf and Country Club the snow is gone, the course is nearly dry and the driving range is set to open by the end of the week.

Minnewasta Golf Club barely has any snow.

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“The winter has been so bad that people are just itching to golf so they’ll drive — it’s only an hour or so,” said head golf professional Geoff Kehler.

Minnewasta hopes to have hundreds of golfers on their course by the long weekend.

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