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Late winter means late start for White Point Golf Course


WHITE POINT - The 2015 winter without end is playing havoc with opening dates for golf courses in Nova Scotia.

The weather may not bother the fur-covered White Point bunnies much, but for the first time in decades the White Point Golf Course didn’t open by Easter.

Dave Kemshead, the general manager of the White Point course, says he’s never seen it still closed at this time of the year and he’s been there more than 20 years.

 “The golf course always opened on Easter weekend except for one year we opened in March,” he says.

With all the snow and cold weather, Kemshead had been worried about damage to the course. A recent inspection showed everything was fine though.

 “The plan now… we wait for the snow to melt and for the course to dry out then we put on some equipment and cut our greens, our aprons, and our tees, I like to get to get two cuts into my greens and fairways before we open,” says Kemshead.

Other courses in Nova Scotia have also delayed their openings, though some golfers in those areas were hopeful that White Point would have been thawed out by now.

Kemshead recently ran into Golf Nova Scotia representatives at a trade show who asked him if White Point and the other South Shore golf courses were open yet, as the area is known for having milder winters.

Not this year.

Despite the unusual winter weather, people are taking things in stride. White Point Beach Resort even made a little contest out of the delay.

On Good Friday, the day the course was supposed to open, White Point asked Facebook users to guess when the course would actually open. The winner will receive a golfing package from the resort.

Some guesses ranged from optimistic – April 12 to the most pessimistic – July 10. For now, the resort is hoping for April 23.

 “The general public and our members are getting antsy, it’s been a long winter,” says Kemshead.

The weather may not bother the fur-covered White Point bunnies much, but for the first time in decades the White Point Golf Course didn’t open by Easter.

Dave Kemshead, the general manager of the White Point course, says he’s never seen it still closed at this time of the year and he’s been there more than 20 years.

 “The golf course always opened on Easter weekend except for one year we opened in March,” he says.

With all the snow and cold weather, Kemshead had been worried about damage to the course. A recent inspection showed everything was fine though.

 “The plan now… we wait for the snow to melt and for the course to dry out then we put on some equipment and cut our greens, our aprons, and our tees, I like to get to get two cuts into my greens and fairways before we open,” says Kemshead.

Other courses in Nova Scotia have also delayed their openings, though some golfers in those areas were hopeful that White Point would have been thawed out by now.

Kemshead recently ran into Golf Nova Scotia representatives at a trade show who asked him if White Point and the other South Shore golf courses were open yet, as the area is known for having milder winters.

Not this year.

Despite the unusual winter weather, people are taking things in stride. White Point Beach Resort even made a little contest out of the delay.

On Good Friday, the day the course was supposed to open, White Point asked Facebook users to guess when the course would actually open. The winner will receive a golfing package from the resort.

Some guesses ranged from optimistic – April 12 to the most pessimistic – July 10. For now, the resort is hoping for April 23.

 “The general public and our members are getting antsy, it’s been a long winter,” says Kemshead.

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