One word could be used to sum up Tuesday afternoon: fore!
With temperatures soaring into the 60’s and even 70’s, Stateline golfers were out hitting the greens. And while spring technically doesn’t begin until march 20th, local golf courses are opening up and seeing plenty of traffic.
“Compared to previous years, we are getting a very early start. And this is great, the golfers are very excited.” Elliot Golf Course Head Professional Steve Moore says.
The surge of warmth this week is not the only reason Stateliners are teeing off early this year. Our January saw temperatures above the typical average for the month. The same pattern was repeated in February, with multiple days in the 40’s, 50’s, and even 60’s.
The other side of the story is the lack of snow pack across Northern Illinois, something the area is accustomed to seeing in early March. We are over one foot below normal in the snowfall department this year.
“The lack of snow definitely helps the course dry out a lot faster, so that’s one — another reason why we’re able to open so early,” Moore said.
Each of the five Rockford Park District golf courses opens this week — all being open for business by Saturday. They will be open from 8 AM to 5 PM through March, and if weather conditions are good enough, hours will be expanded.
But many of the golfers aren’t looking ahead — they’re just soaking up today’s warmth.
“The weather’s beautiful outside, you know. You got to take advantage when it’s like this. The sun’s shining, you know, it’s warm out,” golfer Anthony Roberts says.
“Golfing in this weather is awesome!”