NEW YORK MILLS - Winter is trying to stick around for as long as possible, and because of that seasonal businesses are feeling the itch to open.
Local golf clubs are preparing for opening day by laying out clubs, tees, and golf balls. With weather constantly pushing opening day away, we asked will this cause a drop in club memberships.
"No, not really. And really, what happens the later it gets more people are just chomping at the bit to get out, so you just expect to be more busy the later you open. In the beginning it doesn't really make up for what you missed, but it you know you're going to be busy as soon as you open and it usually sneaks up on you, " says Gary Grabinski of Golf Pro at Twin Ponds.
A couple of courses already tried to clean up early in March, but the return of snow and strong winds make keeping the courses clear a challenge.
Usually the wind acts as a friend this for time of year, helping to dry out the course. But FRidayy it was snowing, and that snow blew all around the course. That's going to take a little bit longer for things to melt. On top of that the high winds we had earlier this week caused some tree branches to fall, and that's going to delay things even more.
Ground crews have to go around again and clean up any large branches or fallen trees that have fallen on the course. Which prompts the question: When will they be able to open?
"Under ideal conditions we can probably be ready to go in a week, but again that would have to be under ideal conditions," says Trevor Wheeler, Crestwood Golf Club Shop Manager.