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Golfing in December? You betcha

Whacky mild weather putting the kibosh on other outdoor activities

Golfers were lining up today to hit the links at the Innisbrook Golf Course.

Bert Johnson and his buddy Peter Moyles can't remember playing this late in the season.

"I think it's great," said Johnson. "It's the first time we've played golf with Christmas decorations at the clubhouse."

Both men dressed for the weather with layers and long underwear.

"It's probably gonna be like playing in Scotland today with the wind and the cold and the dampness," added Moyles, as they set off on the very green golf course.

The course has never been open this late in the season in 14 years of operation.

And the course located on Lockhart Road south of Mapleview has well surpassed the previous late opening of December 3 several years ago.

General manager Craig Membery tells BarrieToday it's hard to believe.

"It's the latest by at least a couple weeks. We normally close around the first week or second week of November, so it's a lot later than normal," Membery said.

Innisbrook is one of about three courses still open in Barrie.

Membery says they'll go as long as they can until it snows or the weather gets too miserable for golfing.

Although it's milder out, it's not exactly June.

"People just like to say they've played golf in December and tell their friends that went to Florida that they're stroll golfing here.  Save your money," laughs Membery.

The flip side of all this whacky weather is how it's affecting other activities usually in full swing at this time of the year.

The skating rink at City hall is a puddle and openings of other outdoor rinks are delayed.

There is not an inch of ice on Kempenfelt Bay.

For skiers, the weather is downright depressing.

A check of the Blue Mountain's Condition Report shows the hills are closed.

Horseshoe Valley's website tells skiers to stay tuned for opening day details for alpine, cross country is closed due to weather.

Snow Snow Valley says it too is "waiting on the weather" and can't commit to an opening date.

And there's no skiing this weekend at Mount St. Louis Moonstone.



Sue Sgambati

About the Author: Sue Sgambati

Sue has had a 30-year career in journalism working for print, radio and TV. She is a proud member of the Barrie community.
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