Weather keeps golfers off course, in pro shop

Instructor Mike Carpenter, second from left, and SUNY Adirondack golf team members, from left, Desmond Crandall, Travis Deuel, and Zach Burkhart walk up to the par-5 second hole at Mohawk River Golf Course in Clifton Park on Tuesday.Instructor Mike Carpenter, second from left, and SUNY Adirondack golf team members, from left, Desmond Crandall, Travis Deuel, and Zach Burkhart walk up to the par-5 second hole at Mohawk River Golf Course in Clifton Park on Tuesday.

BY BOB WEINER
Gazette Reporter

CAPITAL REGION — Area golfers can’t wait to play, but Mother Nature has placed a handful of hazards in their way.

The severe winter and delayed spring left most Capital Region golf courses simply unplayable. Even as the temperature slowly rises, the ground is still too cold to allow golfers to tread on the fairways and greens.

Stadium Golf Club, traditionally the first local course to open because of its sandy base, won’t allow players to compete until at least Friday or Saturday. The driving range opened last week.

“It will still be a couple of more days, for sure,” said Stadium head pro John Souza. “The ground is still pretty cold here. There are still just a couple of snow spots, but from what I’ve seen, that’s not really a problem. The ground is still too cold right now. Don’t forget, we got started a little late last year, as well. We didn’t open until April 9. It just seems later than usual.”

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