Golfers around NOTL were out in force on the first day of the year.
The snow that usually filled the fairways and covered the greens at Christmas was long gone by New Year’s Day and that prompted some 44 players to hit the links at Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club on Jan. 1.
The course opened holes 1, 2 and 9 for play, though temporary tees were used and pins were placed near but not on the greens.
For the players it was more about the novelty of being able to play in the middle of winter.
Most of the players were non-members – only about eight club regulars showed up to test their mid-winter mettle.
Patrick Craig was the first member to tee off in 2023, club pro Keith Vant said.
In addition, about 300 people enjoyed the warmth of the clubhouse for brunch and lunch seatings.
Die-hards also broke out the clubs at Queenston and St. Davids golf clubs. Those two sister operations are famous for running year-round, weather permitting.
While Queenston has been a bit wet so far this winter, St. Davids has been a popular choice for players who want to enjoy a walk and the chance to hit a few near-frozen golf balls.