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Golf courses tee up season

Local tracks open after surviving winter

By: Jeff Hansen

  |  Posted: Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 06:00 am

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Golfers are driving for show and putting for dough with local courses open for the season.

The Twin Willows Golf Club teed it up on all 18 permanent greens Easter Sunday, a bit later than normal but still two weeks ahead of last year.

Twin Willows superintendent Ed Sims reports the course wintered very well, with the greens experiencing no winter injury.

The recent rain also helped green up the course, Sims added.

To book tee times, call 780-447-2934 or visit

At the Sandpiper Golf & Country Club all 18 permanent greens are also open. Head golf pro and general manager Kevin Easthope said the course wintered extremely well and the greens have never looked better at this time of the year.

The arrival last year of turf manager John Boyle from New Brunswick has resulted in several improvements to the course, with many paved cart paths and new drainage projects ongoing.

Call 780-408-8687 or visit to book tee times.

The Sturgeon Valley Golf & Country Club was scheduled to open its challenging, well-manicured 18-hole track Friday.

The new head professional is Tyler Willner, Sturgeon Valley’s associate professional since 2010. He replaces Jason Hnatiw, who accepted the same position at the Windermere Golf & Country Club after three years at Sturgeon Valley.

Visit to book tee times or call 780-973-6700 for more information.

The J.R. Golf Course was open for three days before Wednesday’s rainstorm and manager Joan Reyda said the 18-hole layout would be playable again on Friday.

Reyda noted the grounds crews have been busy mowing and fertilizing the greens and the course is looking pretty good.

To book a tee time call 780-459-8735 or visit for more information.


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