By Justin Seward
Despite the late start to the golf season, the Bow Island Golf Club seemed to have a great summer this year.
“It was fairly good,” said Nick Weisgerber, golf club general manager.
“Green fees were up and rounds seem to be up. Everyone is enjoying it and playing a little golf this year, which is good to see. Definitely, our first month we were open, was the busiest we’ve seen it in a long time.”
There was a sense of worry and uncertainty at the beginning of the season.
“That quickly translated to ‘OK how do we build and move forward,’ and change the way we have been doing things not only for this year but for future seasons and try to find some positives in that, which I think we have,” he said.
Weisgerber says NAGA-Alberta (National Allied Golf Associations)did a fantastic job of working with the Alberta government in coming up with a guideline for golf courses.
“That was extremely important in getting everybody on the same page,” he said.
Despite the clubhouse not opening this year, golfers still enjoyed coming out to hit a round.
“Overall on the course, everyone was just glad to be getting out and playing,” he said.
“A lot of new players or players who hadn’t golfed in a few years that were happy to get outside and do something active and enjoy the game again.”
While there was strong support from the local members, there were also people making the drive from Medicine Hat and area.
“A lot of new members coming from Medicine Hat and out of town,” he said.
“I think a lot of courses in the city were quite busy and that brought some more people out to a little slower pace and a little easier to get a tee time.”
The golf course will stay open until mid-October, pending weather.