Winnipeg’s city-run golf courses open 2 weeks earlier than last year

Golf courses run by the City of Winnipeg were packed Saturday as many golf enthusiasts brought out their clubs for the first open day of 2024. Joanne Roberts has the story.

Winnipeg’s city-run run golf courses were packed on the first weekend of the season Saturday, with many taking advantage of the sun and warmth to hit the links.

It was a particularly special day for Tanner Burns, who celebrated his birthday on the course with his friends.

“Pumped,” Burns told CityNews. “Nice to be open. Nice to be out here.”

Winnipeg golf friends, including Zac O’Donnell (second from left) and Tanner Burns (third from left), hit the links on April 13, 2024. (Nick Johnston, CityNews)

The city’s three golf courses – Crescent Drive, Kildonan Park and Windsor Park – opened Friday. That’s two weeks earlier than last year.

Winnipeg golfers said they were pleasantly surprised to be working on their swing in mid-April, with many hoping the early start to the season means more time to play.

For Burns’ friend Zac O’Donnell, it was a chance to partake in some extra relaxation.

“I enjoy having beers on a Saturday,” O’Donnell said.

Burns’ advice for anyone wanting to get into the sport: practise and “save up, save some money.”

Spring rates are in effect until April 26, according to the City of Winnipeg’s website.

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