Humber River golf members will lend a helping hand in getting course ready

Dave Kearsey
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DEER LAKE  Humber River Golf Course members are asked to lend a helping hand to a cleanup day May 10.

Every year, the Deer Lake golf club asks its membership to bring along a saw and some work gloves to help tidy the course in preparation for another season.

“We have a cleanup every year, just going around picking up all the old limbs and tidying up sides of the fairways,” president Scott Ball said. “Lug away some of the old debris that’s lying around after the winter and just get everything raked up and spruced up for opening day.”

Despite a harsh winter with record snowfalls and cold temperatures in the region, Ball said the course is in pretty good shape.

“Bit of snow on there yet, and most of the greens are poking out now. Doesn’t look like we got any damage from the winter,” he said. “We never got any ice on ours, so that’s a plus there because the ice does a lot of damage.”

The club executive had pencilled in the May 17 Victoria Day weekend as a tenative start date for golfers to get in the first swings of the 2014 season. But, it appears Ball and company are looking at pushing the opening date back to May 24 to ensure the course is ready for traffic.

“It’s no good to open it too early and tear it all to pieces,” he said. “It’s better to wait a week because you’re not going to make no money the first weekend because you’re only going to get a few members.”

Geographic location: DEER LAKE, Humber River

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