© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Troy Dowe was getting an early start on the golf season yesterday on the Amherst Golf Club's driving range.
AMHERST - A cold April at the Amherst Golf Club is giving way to a warm May.
"If this was April 15 I'd be tickled pink, but it's close to May 1," said course superintendent, Peter McCabe as he took a quick break from cutting grass on the No. 18 green.
McCabe and his part time staff have been picking away at the course for a few weeks now.
"We wintered well but spring was hateful," said McCabe. "The spring was cold and dry, and we're two weeks behind because of the weather in April.
"I still had frost in the ground right up until last Thursday," he added. "The course stays spongy, the ground stays cold and nothing will grow."
Volunteers came out on Sunday to help with the clean up.
"We had a good group of volunteers out and they got lots done," said McCabe. "Leaf raking was the biggest thing they did. There were some labour intensive spots for the volunteers to help with because my staff gets worn out from doing it."
The warm weather has also been a big help.
"Since the weather turned for the better last week we've been going like gangbusters," said McCabe. "We get better every day and I'm really looking for a good opening on Friday if the weather stays good.
"I'm was so happy to see the sun start to shine last week. Before that it was terrible. April was no fun for anybody," said McCabe. "I'm looking forward to seeing everybody."
The Springhill Centennial Golf Club opens today at 12 p.m.