This is the third of a series of previews of golf courses in Prince Albert and surrounding areas.
Waiting for Mother Nature to co-operate, Prince Albert‚Äôs Fairview Fairways golf course is just about ready to go.
With Fairview‚Äôs driving range and pro shop already open for business, head course professional Gord Hobson said the links aren‚Äôt far behind, as he hopes they‚Äôll be open this week.
‚ÄúI‚Äôd say Thursday we should be open,‚ÄĚ explained Hobson. ‚ÄúWe are just in the process of pumping out standing water to get it so it‚Äôs playable.‚ÄĚ
A ‚Äúfamily type‚ÄĚ golf course, Fairview Fairways is a nine-hole, par-three course featuring three tee-boxes per hole.
Fairview also features a fully stocked pro shop, driving range and 18-hole mini-golf course.
Hobson estimates the course takes about a hour to a hour and a half to play, making it perfect for golfers looking to hit a quick nine or beginners looking to hone their skills before tackling one of P.A.‚Äôs longer courses.
‚ÄúNot everybody has five hours to play a course,‚ÄĚ Hobson said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a short course but it‚Äôs all like second shots on a par four or third shots on a par five type of thing.
Hobson added that although his is a par-three course, there is still an opportunity for golfers to break out their woods with hole distances ranging from 90 to 250 yards.
Green fees for the course are priced at $16 for adults, $14 for juniors/seniors and $9 for children aged 14 and younger.
Buckets of balls at the driving range are priced at $10 for large, $9 for small and the mini-golf course has a $4.50 entry fee.
‚ÄúWe have senior ladies mornings here too,‚ÄĚ Hobson said of the 30-35 senior ladies that come out on Tuesday mornings for a $9 round. ‚ÄúIf any ladies are interested in that they can come out and see what that‚Äôs all about and we have senior men‚Äôs Friday mornings.‚ÄĚ
As the course is revving to go, Hobson said conditions look good after a long and wet winter season.
‚ÄúThe greens look like they got through the winter really well,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThere is a little bit of snow mold on the fairways but that‚Äôs pretty normal for this time of year.‚ÄĚ
Fairview Fairways is located about three km east on Highway 3 en route to Melfort.
For more information on Fairview Fairways golf course, call 306-764-4748.