WALKERTON – The Walkerton Golf and Curling Club was booked solid throughout the long weekend, as were other area golf courses.
The announcement on Thursday, May 20 that golf courses, along with other outdoor sports such as basketball and skateboarding, were opening Saturday came as a bit of a surprise to Keith Ellis, general manager.
“We expected to hear it would be Tuesday (May 25),” he said. “But it was Saturday.”
Ellis said there was a scramble to find staff on such short notice, but the club was ready for the influx of happy golfers.
Staff have done a good job keeping the course in tip-top shape, and even the weather co-operated.
The coming week doesn’t look quite as busy, Ellis said, but people are glad to be outside, enjoying a round of golf with friends.
“Everyone is enjoying themselves. We’re excited to be open, happy to see the members and guests,” he said.
Ellis noted that everyone – staff and members – is complying with public health regulations. There are reminders about masks, and people wear them without argument. The club has had to hire three more staff to sanitize the carts.
“We hope everyone respects what’s going on,” he said.
So far, they have, and Ellis wants to keep it that way.
To book a tee time or for information, call 881-0709.
The next big event at the club is Golf Fore Hospice on June 22. The event has been completely booked for weeks, but people can still contribute by supporting a team that got in early enough to have a tee time, or by donating a prize.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times