While last year's fluctuating temperatures caused havoc for many Maine golf courses, superintendents believe this year's steady cold temperatures left minimal ice damage, making them hopeful for a mid-April opening (which is normal for the area).
"I think that's the general vibe," said Toby Young, head golf course superintendent at Val Halla Golf Course. "We're a lot more calm. Barring a major catastrophe in the next couple of weeks, I feel we're in pretty good shape."
"Last year at this time, we had a bulldozer removing a foot of ice," said Kyle Evans, managing partner at Belgrade Lakes Golf Course. "I knew we were in trouble. Right now, I'm optimistic. There are no ice layers. What ice is there shouldn't be a problem in late March.
Check out the article below for more information on Maine course openings this year.