Eagle Crest in Centreville opened for the season May 1.
“We drain quite well over here,” pro shop attendant Brian Pettigrew said.
“All of our holes are open, and the course is in great shape. We’re even allowing power carts.”
Eagle Crest also escaped winter damage, Pettigrew said.
“We were worried, given the winter we had, but other than some very minor damage to one green, we’re fine. It’s remarkable, considering all the snow we had,” he added.
Ken-Wo in New Minas opened May 8. Pro shop attendant Peggy Kenny said that all holes were open.
“The course is in great shape,” she added.
The course has also been busy.
“We’ve been booked solid every day, from opening (the first tee times had been at 8 a.m.) until 3 p.m., and then from 4 p.m. on, when people start to get off work, until we close at dark,” she said. Effective May 18, Ken-Wo planned to offer tee times starting at 6:30 a.m.
Kenny said that other than “a few frost marks on some of the greens,” everything wintered really well at Ken-Wo. Staff was able to aerate the greens as well last week.
Berwick Heights in Weston also opened May 8.
“All our holes are open, and the grass is starting to grow and green up,” pro shop attendant Rick Banyard said.
As for the winter, Williams said, Berwick Heights had “the normal kind of damage” one would expect – “a little winterkill here and there, where the ice laid in.”
Otherwise, he said, everything is in great shape.
“The people who have played the course so far have said it was great. We’re looking forward to a busy season.”
Paragon in Kingston opened May 1.
“It’s not looking too bad – a few spots of winter damage, but everything is drying out nicely,” said pro shop attendant Barb Williams.
“All our holes are open, and we’ve had a good turnout so far. We’ve been busy for this early in the season.”
Island Green in North Alton opened for the season April 26 – the earliest of any of the Kings County public courses.
“That was actually a little later than usual for us,” said co-owner Sherri Davison.
Island Green is a nine-hole course with double tees, so it “plays like 18.” Davison said the course was in “really good shape,” although it was “a little wet when we started, and we didn’t allow carts for the first week.”
Now, she says, things are drying out nicely and the grass is getting green.
Island Green already has several new members this year, Davison said.
”People have been a little slow to get out, but we’re expecting the long weekend to be busy,” she said May 14.