© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
John Clark putts on the No. 3 green on the opening day of the 2013 season at the Springhill Centennial Golf Club.
SPRINGHILL - It was the first day of golf yesterday at the Springhill Centennial Golf Club, and a steady flow of cars was starting to fill the parking lot.
"It's been a long winter and it's nice to get out," said John Hopkins as he took a break beside the No. 4 tee box.
Hopkins is a director at the course and said the course is in great shape.
John Clark is the course secretary, and he agrees.
"The course wintered well," said Clark. "A lot of that is because (superintendent) Mark (Calder) has done a lot of irrigation work to bring water away from the greens."
Calder has been the superintendent for about six years now and Clark said, "every year Mark has been here the course has shown improvement."
Mark Calder has his dad, Doug Calder, helping as his assistant this year.
"Mark is now Doug's boss," said Clark with a laugh.
Besides better drainage, the course has several new tee boxes.
Hopkins and Clark can be found at the course most days.
"It's nine holes but it's a challenging course," said Hopkins. "And the greens are fast."
The course has a lot of hills, and Hopkins said you are either hitting up or down.
"When it's dry and you're coming down it's good because you can get another 60 feet," said Hopkins.
The signature hole is No. 3, which is over the water.
"It's a 150 feet. If you're 149 you're in trouble," said Clark.
Clark said the course is open to all.
"The course is easy to get on. You can call for a tee time or walk on the course," said Clark.
Like last year, this year will feature a youth program, plus ladies night, a mixed night, and a men's night on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday respectively.
"Green fee'rs are welcome, new members are welcome, and we want young people and older people to come out," said Clark. "This course is in really good shape, and its economical."
For more information go to springhillgolfclub.ca, or call 686-3870.