Local golf courses see attendance surge with hot weather Life, Lifestyle, Sports

By: Michael Piccoli

Local golf courses dealt with teeming crowds as Toronto basked in its warmest day of the year so far.

A perfect forecast brought golfers out in droves throughout the city today. Among the obvious retirees squeezing in a few rounds, others may have skipped work to make the most of the weather.

With a high of 29 C, it was inevitable that many people would be itching to hit the greens. Golf courses across the GTA had very few tee times available for any late walk-ons today.

Mike Guglick, golf operations manager for Riverstone Golf & Country Club in Brampton, expected about 100 golfers to appear.

“On the weekend, we started to get more bookings than we have had in the past few weeks.  Our members usually book about a week in advance,” he said.

Guglick said Wednesdays are usually one of the busiest days of the week but with the spectacular weather, there were numerous golfers who tried to walk on. He said today was one of the best seen so far this season.

Don Valley Golf Course, in the Highway 401 and Yonge Street area, was solidly booked up with no available tee times available until 4 p.m. Wednesday, employee Wayne Chin said.

“We are booked solid until 3 p.m. today,” said Ruff Poloni, with Lakeview Golf Course, in the Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road East area in Mississauga.

“Singles would be accepted, but you would be put on a wait list,” he said.

As the weather is getting better, Guglick expects to see more attendance at the course.







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