WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Temperatures have been warming up this week and more and more of the snow is disappearing.
Enough of the snow melted away so that they were able to open the course at East Mountain Country Club in Westfield. But the cold and the snow did delay things quite a bit.
“Normally we would open up and be running by the middle of March so this is extremely late. April 3, this is in fact the latest, it ties the latest we’ve ever opened in the spring,” said Ted Perez Jr., the co-owner of East Mountain Country Club.
The golf course opened Friday for the Good Friday, Bad Golf tournament and is played in the memory of two friends of the players who passed away in 2000.
“I tell everybody when we start remember a friend a family member or someone you lost and when you’re on the golf course make sure you tell a story about someone that’s no longer here that you think about,” said Charlie Macsata, Good Friday, Bad Golf tournament organizer.
Proceeds from the tournament are donated to fight cancer.
Players say there are some advantages to playing on the course right now. “Makes it a little bit more interesting if you hit the ice in the right spot you get a heck of a run. Your getting a 300 yard drive in some places,” said Ed Richards of Enfield, Connecticut.
It wasn’t until Friday morning that the players found out they would be able to play on the course. East Mountain Country Club is one of the only golf courses that has been able to open.
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