It’s time for golfers to trade their skis in for some spikes and hit the links. A lack of snow and above par temperatures are allowing them to get back on the course a month earlier than usual.
“This weather is crazy,” Tim Reinke, Manager of Golf Operations for the City of Idaho Falls golf courses, said. “I can’t believe it, hopefully it lasts. I know Mother Nature probably has more in store for us than what we’re seeing. But, it’s neat, we’re gonna get open.”
The Sand Creek Golf Course in Idaho Falls is opening Wednesday, the earliest it has ever opened. It typically opens in the middle of March. Course managers say it’s time to tee off.
“You know, courses came through the winter really well,” Reinke said. “And our superintendents don’t do anything that harms the courses so if they felt it was gonna harm it, they wouldn’t let them out there. Again, that’s probably why we’re closed here at Pinecrest. We just don’t want the traffic on the wet surfaces.”
For the golfers who typically have to wait longer to get back on the links, this is almost as sweet as a hole in one.
“Those that wanna play golf, this is the time to get out when the weather’s kind of nice,” Reinke said. “I mean it’s not real warm, but it’s warm enough if you love to play golf.”
Not only will the Sand Greek Golf Course open Wednesday, but the Highland Golf Course in Pocatello and the Blackfoot Golf Course will too. The driving rage at the Sage Lakes Golf Course in Idaho Falls is open and Pinecrest Golf Course could open in a week or so. However, all of these courses could close again depending on snow.