Rick Sylvester (right) and Dwayne Haaf get ready for golf season at the driving range of the Revelstoke Golf Course

Rick Sylvester (right) and Dwayne Haaf get ready for golf season at the driving range of the Revelstoke Golf Course

Golf course about ready to open

Looking for another sign of spring? If the disappearing snow and first farmers market wasn’t enough, over at the golf course, people were getting in their first swings of the summer at the local course when the Revelstoke Golf Club opened its driving range last weekend.

Looking for another sign of spring? If the disappearing snow and first farmers market wasn’t enough, over at the golf course, people were getting in their first swings of the summer at the local course when the Revelstoke Golf Club opened its driving range last weekend.

“Winter’s still hanging in there but we’re hoping another couple of weeks and we’ll have the range open this weekend so at least we’ll get some practice in,” said course manager John Franks in an interview last week. “We just need some more heat and rain.”

He said the course may open this weekend if it stays warm and dry. If not, it would open the next weekend.

“We’ll probably open with a little bit of snow on the edges – that’s been done before,” said Franks. “If everything goes according to plan, maybe a couple weeks max.”

Dwayne Haaf, who was at the driving range practising his swing on Saturday, said he had been to the driving range in Vernon a few times already this year.

“It’s nicer to be at home and do it here,” he said between swings.

The golf club is hosting several demo days this week and the Spring team events are scheduled for May 14 (men’s) and May 15 (ladies’).

The following is a list of tournaments and events at the club this summer:

• June 4 – RCMP fundraiser for Trees for Tots

• June 5 – Second annual StokeCheen Cup

• June 11-12 – Zone 2 Junior Championship

• July 8 – Charity Pro-Am

• July 16 – Men’s Ryder Cup/Teams

• July 17 – Men’s Ryder Cup/Singles

• July 23 – Teamsters/Last Spike Tournament

• August 5 – 2011 Senior Open

• August 6 – 2011 Two Lady Team Event

• August 13-14 – Ladies Club Championship

• Saturday, September 3-5 – 81st Annual Labour Day Open

• September 11 – Golf for the Cure

• September 18 – Men’s Fall Team Event

The city’s sports fields are expected to open up for play over the coming days. Parks foreman Dave Manson said the Queen Elizabeth Park field should be open this week, with Centennial Park to follow.

He said minor soccer, minor ball and slo-pitch were expected to start up next week.