Greens are ready for golfers in Rockland

Gregg Chamberlain
EAP
The fairways are all cut, the greens all trimmed, and the sand pits and water traps ready to welcome golfers to Rockland for the May long weekend.

“It’s all good news and we’re ready to go,” said Jeff Scott, general manager for the Rockland Golf Club, concerning the provincial government letting golf courses reopen after being closed since the start of spring.

“It’s been long overdue,” Scott said. “We’ve been ready to go for a month.”

Premier Doug Ford announced May 20 that the provincial government will start relaxing some of its pandemic restrictions on public recreation activities in time for the May long weekend. Golf courses and tennis courts can reopen for the weekend and other facilities, like swimming pools and splash pads, will be allowed to reopen later in the season.

Scott noted that the first call for a tee time reservation arrived through its online booking system about two minutes after the premier’s announcement yesterday.

“I think the person had the email ready to go and was just waiting,” he said. “We’re looking at 270 golfers booked for tomorrow now (Saturday).”

He estimated that the long weekend advance bookings should be about 85 per cent filled before the end of business hours Friday.