Sunny days have returned to Prince Rupert after a grey winter, which means it’s time to break out the golf clubs.
The Prince Rupert Golf Club (PRGC) is officially open to the public, although the regular greens are not yet ready. As of right now, anyone looking to scratch their golf itch can shake the rust off at the driving range
“The course is open, but limited because of the severe winter we had. We have to punch the greens, irrigate them and dress them,” said president Iain Cullen.
Golfers can come now and pay $10 to play unlimited holes, but the regular greens should be open in approximately two weeks. Still, Cullen said the golf club has already seen a fair share of golfers.
“A lot of your regular golfers come down because of the driving range. They want to get out and hit some balls,” he said.
People should expect another great season of golf, Cullen said.
“If it’s anything like last year, the conditions will be fabulous. It’s a neat little course and it’ll be in A1 condition if we get the weather,” he said.
The first Men’s Day is scheduled for sometime in May, depending on course conditions at that time, but everything points to the PRGC’s main event this year, which is a jubilee to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary.
“We’re working towards that so it’s going to be a big event. We’ve contacted all the people that have been here before and invited them,” Cullen said.
The big event will run from June 14-17, a week after the Ladies Jubilee.
There will also be Ladies Days every week and various other little events through the year, such as a seniors tournament in August and scrambles of different kinds. There will also be a junior program once school lets out.
“We welcome any and all new members. We will hopefully do some promotional things to get people out, maybe something like a nine-hole Friday night, with a special in the restaurant,” Cullen said.
The club is without a golf professional this season after parting ways with Dave Belling in February. Cullen said it isn’t financially feasible right now, but possibly later on so PRGC will be run by the board.