Cooke Golf Course preps for opening day

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Cooke Municipal Golf Course pro Darcy Myers is seen on the golf course on last year's opening day. Myers hopes to attract young golfers this season as the course offers early bird registration rates. Herald photo by Tyler Clarke 

Cooke Municipal Golf Course is gearing up for the upcoming season.

While the course is undergoing some minor maintenance, Cooke is currently running its  “early bird” promotion, offering special rates for those registering before March 31.

The 2014 season looks to be an exciting one as the 6,299-yard, par-73 golf course prepares to host several major tournaments including the 2014 Saskatchewan Amateur Men’s Championship. 

Given the harsh winter Prince Albert experienced this year, there will be lots of work to be done to get the course primed for opening, Darcy Myers, the course’s head professional said.

“There is going to be a lot of cleanup with the windstorm we had this winter with trees and debris,” Myers said. “When we get into the growing season we’ll be making a few modifications out there to adjust for the championships we are hosting.” 

Amid concerns of flooding in Prince Albert as spring rears its head, Myers said there is no cause for alarm on his end. 

“We were pretty dry last fall,” he explained. “This course drains very well, we can handle any new moisture. A nice slow melt is ideal but if things melt fast we are prepared for that.”

Cooke Municipal Golf Course features three tee-boxes per hole, four par-threes, nine par-fours and five par-fives.

“It’s a tree-line course, shorter than PGA Tour standards but the greens are its defense,” Myers said of Cooke’s layout. “You can have some tricky pin positions out there but it’s a straight-forward course to play. The more you play it the better you figure out its subtleties.” 

On July 21-24, Cooke will host the 103rd Amateur Championship in which Prince Albert’s Dave Stewart will look to defend his title.

Cooke last hosted the Amateur Championship in 2007 when Dave Stewart’s father Ron took home his third provincial title. 

Though the course will make some slight modifications to prepare for the championship, course regulars should expect the layout to remain the same.

“The greens will be mowed a little shorter and we’ll grow the rough a little longer that week,” Myers explained.  “Overall we tend not to do too many modifications, we are a busy course and we want to keep things moving along out there.”

Although it is not currently within the course’s budget to add new features such as bunkers and water hazards, Myers hopes they will be able to make some additions in the future.

Among the changes the course is looking to make in the years to come are modifications to tee-boxes and the addition of a brand new irrigation system.

During the course’s early bird promotion, rates include a seven-day pass at $1,450, week-day pass at $1,090, senior season pass at $1,090, youth (19-23 years old) season pass at $910, junior season pass at $225 and a junior starter pass (first-time pass holder) at $185. A family pass is also available at $2,900.

“We are seeing some fresh faces which is encouraging,” Myers said of registration thus far. “More kids are signing up and that’s what we are really trying to focus on, growing the game and encouraging young people to get out and play.”

Myers added that the club typically opens by the third week of April and judging by how the snow has melted so far, he does not anticipate that target to change.

For more information on Cooke Municipal Golf Course visit cookegolf.ca 

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