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PermaSnow on the Links

Nancy Story - Tuesday, April 23, 2013




 Golf season is here, at least in conversation as we curse its absence. Most of the slopes still wear white (apparently not getting the memo that white is not to be worn before Memorial Day). Wait a minute. This is April. This is supposed to be the end of it all. The ski lockers are all cleaned out. The cafeteria has been dismantled. Lost and found litter has been picked up and packed away. Golfers circle Kinlochen’s Pro Shop hungrily, eyeing bare strips of green and watching for signs of warmth. A mid-April golf course opening date was set back in November, when the Crystal Ball department missed the forecast of a cold and snowy April. Who was to know we’d need golf carts with four-wheel drive to clamber up snow-covered cart paths?  Who’d have thought our golf pros would need to strap crampons on their shoes just to check out the glacial Mountain Ridge fairways? Perhaps all this snow was why cross country skier numbers this winter were up 88 per cent from last season. Go figure. We hope to have holes open by Friday, April 26th - but call ahead to the Pro Shop, ext. 4000, for a, golf report.

Looking ahead, the Crystal calendar is full of fun fairway stuff. Surely it will be green all around with May arrives with these golf tournaments scheduled; check out the details online:

 May 23: Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Golf Outing

May 24-26: Crystal Cup

May 25: Free Golf Demo Day

May 28: Mountain Ridge 20th Anniversary Celebration Day

If you’re feeling rusty with the clubs, but want to get into the swing of things, or if you don’t golf, but want to become a swinger, our golf schools are the answer. The golf Learning and Practice Center is open to get your season started.  We host over 100 golf schools clinics and programs for all levels of play.  Call our Pros at the Pro Shop for details and reservations….unless they’re out shoveling snow off those higher altitude fairways. 


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