Golf Course Anticipates Spring

Main Chalet Renovations Will Not Impact Play in Anyway
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by John Thomas
Staff Writer

The warm Spring weather we’ve enjoyed for the past week has put some people in a mind to get out on the links. But as we all know the weather this time of year is highly changeable, and it’s still possible to get another shot of snow. No one in town is keeping a closer eye on the weather than Steve Carney, golf pro at Holiday Valley. “When we can open, we’ll open,” is what he says when asked about the opening date. At the moment plans still call for opening on April 13th. He points out that while the last few days have been unseasonably warm, the forecast is for temperatures to go back down to the 30′s and 40′s. The course is still very wet and there is still some snow on the back nine. He does leave open the possibility that if the weather should improve quite a bit, they would re-evaluate the opening date. But, it’s certain that would not happen before April 1. For those who just can’t wait to hit some balls, the driving range is open and will stay open regardless of which way the weather goes.
The only thing really new for this year will be the new golf supervisor, Bill Burford. Mr. Burford is originally from the Erie Pennsylvania area and comes to us from a course in Chicago. He replaces Don Wagner who, after 27 years at Holiday Valley, retired last year. Mr. Carney points out that the new supervisor should bring “more attention to detail” throughout the course. Players should notice improved conditions on the course as the maintenance crew continues with small improvements. One major improvement will be “a drastic increase in bag service” at the parking lot. Players should experience a much easier time getting their clubs to a cart. Mr. Carney points out that the improvements in the course have been designed to make the course more playable, but not necessary harder. “ We have a challenging course without making it overly long.”
Some golfers may be concerned that the demolition of and rebuilding of the main chalet at the ski area may impact the golf. Steve wants to make clear to everybody that golf will continue as normal. “The renovation will not in any way impact the golf area,” he assures me. A new event for this year will be a memorial tournament for Eddie Szpaicher. “It’s going to be very large, we expect 250-300 people.” The event will be held mid-July. Those who remember Eddie fondly (and there are many) will want to participate in some way. When the season does get under way, golfers should enjoy excellent playing conditions on a top rated course. As Mr. Carney puts it, “we expect nothing but good things to continue.”