February 25, 2016 7:00 pm
Updated: February 25, 2016 7:58 pm

Warm winter weather sparks southern Alberta golf course to open early

WATCH ABOVE: If you spent any time outdoors on Thursday, it’s safe to say it’s wasn’t your usual February in Lethbridge. Erik Mikkelsen reports.


LETHBRIDGE – Golfing in February is not something you hear about every year. Land-O-Lakes Golf and Country Club in Coaldale, Alta. has opened for the golfing season earlier than it ever has in 28 years of business. The sun was shining, and there was were blue skies Thursday, meaning perfect conditions for a round of golf.

After a mild winter, the country club decided to take the tarps off the green and get golfers out on the course.

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“We looked at the weather and the long range forecast, and with [predicted] 18 degrees Celsius on Friday, and people itching to golf and phoning to see if we are open, we decided to take the tarps off and open the doors for the public and to our members,” head professional Craig Ohlhauser said.

Ohlhauser said golfers have been anxious to get out on the green, as most courses don’t open until the middle or end of March.

Forecasts for this Friday and Saturday include above-seasonal temperatures with lots of sun. Land-O-Lakes said the tee times are starting to rack up with bookings from across the province.

“Many people are definitely excited to come play,” Ohlhauser said. “We have people coming from Medicine Hat, Brooks, Calgary, Edmonton, all around southern Alberta–just anxious to come and golf.”

Next week the snow is expected to return for a light dusting, but Ohlhauser said the moisture won’t damage the grass.

“Honestly, a bit of moisture right now isn’t going to hurt us. It’s almost a good thing to help green it up!”

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