Course in great shape as Blomidon prepares for Saturday’s opening day

Dave Kearsey
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Renovations are taking place at Blomidon Golf and Country Club par 4 15th green to make the tee three times as big.

CORNER BROOK  Andrew Margeson was surprised to see very little damage to the Blomidon course with one of the worst winters he ever witnessed finally behind him.

According to Margeson, who is the general manager and superintendent at Blomidon Golf and Country Club, there was minimal damage to the course after a long winter of heavy snow and cold temperatures.

“I’m my worst critic and I’m very ecstatic after that winter. I’ve never seen a winter like that,” Margeson said Tuesday while scurrying around the golf course trying to get ready for opening day. “More than pleased to be honest with you. Now all we need is some heat.”

Blomidon will open for the 2014 season Saturday and it appears Margeson will get his wish with temperatures expected to climb up into the high teens on the Victoria Day weekend.

Over the next few days, the focus will be on carrying out some renovations to ensure the membership have a great golf experience at Blomidon.

“We are building a couple of new tee boxes, and we’re doing some small renovations to remedy problems we had with some of the old greens like installing new drains and that,” he said.

While Blomidon won’t be the venue for any provincial tournaments this summer, there are a number of events planned for the membership throughout the summer and no doubt there will be a number of guys gunning to knock Michael Tibbo of the top of the pack at the club championship.

It also appears the future is bright for the club as seven junior players at Blomidon will be training with the provincial development team. This is a good sign of the positive things happening with the junior program at Blomidon, noted Margeson, which is Wayne Allen’s baby as the junior director at the 18-hole facility.

“Some of our junior golfers have been in development camps all through the winter and it looks like they’re going to turn out to be some of the best golfers ... like ones in the past,” he said.

The local club boasts a membership of 400 golfers, but the welcome mat is always open to new and former golfers who want to play a few rounds. There is also hope for a bigger volume of business from golfers outside the region as Blomidon recently solidified a contract that will see them partner with Glynnmill Inn for a Stay and Play golf package.

The more the merrier is how Margeson sees it.

“We are actively seeking members and in the near future we’ll be announcing some membership initiatives that we have on the go,” he said.

Organizations: Blomidon Golf and Country Club, Glynnmill Inn for a Stay

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK

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  • DJ
    May 14, 2014 - 12:58

    Dropped by the course yesterday evening. The course is fantastic condition. Andrew and the ground's crew are doing a great work. New tee-box will be a great addition and hopeful more to come.