Warmth Brings Relief For Local Golf Courses

Posted at: 04/25/2013 10:42 PM
Updated at: 04/25/2013 10:45 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- Spring officially started on March 20th, but for many, Thursday was the first day it really felt like the cold weather was finally behind us.

And while it's a welcome relief for all of us, some have a little more riding on the nice weather than others.

"Last year at this time we had five to six weeks of play in and we had multiple 80 degree days,” said Mike Grinstead, owner of Meadow Greens Golf Course in Austin. “We were mowing everything."

Meadow Greens officially opened last Saturday, much later than their targeted opening of St. Patrick's Day, meaning it's not only golfer's swings that are suffering.

"We only have so much time to try and make some money,” Grinstead said. “So a late start can really hurt us in the pocket book."

Grinstead said even warm Fall weather usually doesn’t help courses recoup lost profits because the majority of players stop golfing in early Fall.

Now many course owners are doing everything they can to get golfers back on the course, and many are happy to help after months of waiting.

"I think we played every month last year at least once,” said Bruce Paine who was playing his first round of the season on Thursday. “Every month, even January. January, February wasn't a problem."

The late start to this year’s spring means course owners will be hoping for clear skies all summer to make up for lost income, but at the end of the day, all they can do is hope.

“We're probably two or three weeks past what the average usually is and that does hurt us,” Grinstead said. “But you can't do anything about the weather, you can't control it, so you just deal with it and move on.