MEDICINE HAT, AB – Temperatures above 20 degrees allowed Connaught Golf Club to finish off the 2017 golf season in style on Saturday.
For the first time in a few years, the Connaught Club was one of the final golf courses in Medicine Hat to remain open after the Medicine Hat Golf and County Club and Desert Blume Golf Club closed their doors earlier in the month.
Cottonwood Coulee Golf Club was also open on Saturday and reported strong crowds, while the Redcliff Golf Club was also open west of the city.
Dillon Batsel is the assistant pro at Connanught, and said it was the perfect way to send off the 2017 season.
“You really couldn’t script a better last day with the weather,” said Batsel. “Two of the other big courses in the city being closed, us and Redcliff [Golf Club] being the only ones open, we basically got all the members from Desert Blume and Medicine Hat coming down to play. So, it was a perfect way to end the year.”
From early in the morning, the Connaught Club was booked solid throughout Saturday for those Medicine Hat residents wanting to swing the sticks once more before the snow flies.
Batsel said it’s encouraging to see golfers in Medicine Hat still wanting to hit the links even as Halloween draws near.
“To see even after six, six and a half months of golf, people still want to get out here on the last day of the year and play,” he said. “It’s nice to see.”
Regarding the 2017 season as a whole, it was a solid season for the Connaught Golf Club.
Memberships and green fees held steady, and according to Batsel the scorching temperatures over the summer helped out quite a bit as well.
“Last year, we were under rain the whole summer,” he said. “So, this year we had a really hot and dry summer, which was really good. At times it was a little too hot and maybe drew a few people away, but overall I think it was pretty good.”
Aside from some rain in April and May, Batsel said attendance at the course was consistently steady over the course of the summer.
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