Golf professionals excited for start of season
Snowfall in early April prompted Park City Mountain Resort to extend its ski season, but the snow kept coming. It robbed the golf industry of nearly an entire month of business, but many are still optimistic for the season.
Doug Levaseur, owner of Wolf Summit Golf & Hockey at Kimball Junction, said Park City usually enjoys a dry-enough April to begin play.
It’s important for businesses to have a solid spring because the season winds down in autumn as residents look forward to skiing again, he said.
Still, manufacturers have rolled out new products this spring generating good buzz. Even though most courses have just barely opened, regular golfers have been excited about new gear advertised during the PGA Tour, he said.
Levaseur expects a better season this year than last.
The municipal Park City Golf Club opened Thursday the last public course to open in the area. Director Craig Sanchez said the late start affects revenue, but he was not too worried about it. Unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing when bad weather is over. Spring rains continued into June last year.
Kurt Nielsen at Salt Lake County’s Mountain Dell course in Parleys Canyon said the links opened and then closed three times before remaining open. He, too, wasn’t completely confident inclement weather was done.
"Revenues were down, it was tough," he added.
Wasatch Mountain Golf Course opened in segments this spring, explained employee K.C. Todd.
The course opened April 17 with 18 of 36 holes and as of Wednesday had 27 open.
"It makes a little impact, but not a whole bunch because it was late last year as well," he explained.
Soldier Hollow Golf Course opened April 15, said staff member Kristi Redmon, and had a rough go but is now offering all 36 holes.
"(The weather) definitely slowed things down; last week we didn’t open three days," she said. "But it’s usually slow in April anyway."
Like Levaseur, Redmon is expecting a better season than last. For her course, it is largely due to marketing, she said, adding, every year the course gets more attention than the last.
The private courses are under less pressure to open early, and John Beaseley at Victory Ranch said the development didn’t even contemplate opening before April 30. It’s now hoping for a May 14 start date.
Bad weather makes it hard to work on the course, but the snow melted by the evening after every storm in April, he said.
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