Lake Point opens Wednesday

The Lake Point Golf and Country Club will open for the 2020 season at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13. 

The course will be the final one in the Peace region to open, as the others in the area have had about a two-week head start, which is normal for Lake Point given its location and lay-out. General manager Troy Knight said May 13 is right on schedule for when the course would normally open, even though the lack of recreation opportunities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic makes it seem like Lake Point is behind. 

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"It definitely seems like we're behind with everything that's happening, but we're not. We're chomping at the bit, super excited, and ready to get things going," Knight said. 

Knight said club will be following similar social distancing measures and protocols as the ones put in place at Lone Wolf, Farmington Fairways, and Fort St. John Links, and has been encouraged by how the openings of those courses went. 

"It seems like everyone has been really satisfied with how people have been adhering to the rules so far, and we just have to rely on the ability of our golfers to follow those rules to have the recreation they want," said Knight. 

Lake Point is asking that everyone books tee times in advance, and carts will be limited to one per person, unless you're playing with a member of your household. 

As for the course itself, Knight is satisfied with the condition it's in and the work the staff has put into getting the course in shape. 

"There's a bit of healing from ice damage and snow mould that needs to happen, but it's looking good so far."

With a cold and miserable weather forecast expected for Thursday, Knight said the Wednesday opening will provide a dry opening of sorts to get a handle on operating the course with these restrictions, and make any tweaks needed before hosting golfers on the long weekend.

The driving range is open, but at a limited capacity to ensure proper distancing betwen golfers. It is one of only two ranges open in the region, along with Farmington. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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