CORNING - Golf courses around the area are starting to open up for the season now that spring is here and the weather is beginning to warm.
Several courses have already opened, and others plan to open in the coming days.
Indian Hills golf course in Painted Post opened Sunday and the course is in solid playing shape. All that’s left is to clean twigs and other natural debris throughout the course, according to head golf pro Jeff Rupert.
“We’re good. We’re dry. We’ve got carts running. Everything’s open,” said Rupert.
“The cleanup part, we’re picking up twigs and limbs and stuff like that that came down over the winter,” he said. “But the fairways are pretty much clean, we’re just working in the rough areas and stuff like that.”
This was also echoed my Matt Sternquist, head golf pro at Willow Creek Golf Club.
“(The course is) looking good,” he said. “Just normal cleanup from the winter. Wind blows, stuff falls down every day, so we’re just out there picking that stuff up.”
Rupert said Indian Hills is currently offering green fees of $30 for 18 holes and a cart.
Willow Creek is open year round, and is currently offering the same rate of $30 for 18 holes and a cart.
According to head golf pro Kevin Kurcoba, the greens and fairways at Bath Country Club are in great shape coming out of winter.
“The course made it through the winter really good,” he said. “Looks like the course is going to be beautiful right now. All the greens are in good looking shape, and we drain really well so our fairways are going to be fine.”
Bath Country Club anticipates opening today at 1 p.m. with a special of $35 for 18 holes and a cart.
Kurcoba said it’s going to be another eventful season at the country club this year.
“We had a great season last year and we’re looking forward to it,” he said. “I’m excited for a busy season. We’ve got all of our tournaments coming back, and all of our outings coming back.”
Mark Twain Golf Course opened on Sunday and is currently offering a rate of $30 for 18 holes and $18 for seniors.
Mark Twain golf pro Jay Turcsik said the course is in solid shape for this time of year and is ready to go for the season.
“Flags are in, greens were rolled (Thursday), new cups were cut; we’re ready to roll,” he said.
WETM’s weather forecast for the next few days predicts fair temperatures for those who may want to play a round or two this week.
Highs are supposed to climb into the 50s today through Friday, with a high of 65 and clouds predicted for Saturday. Temperatures are predicted to fall a little on Sunday though, with a high of 43 and mostly cloudy skies.