Golf courses in Ontario were allowed to open for the 2020 season on Saturday.
Favourable early-spring conditions would have enabled most clubs in the Leeds and Grenville area to open several weeks earlier, but the COVID-19 pandemic kept them closed to the public until the provincial government announced recently that courses could open to the public as of May 16.
Courses had been allowed to ramp up their preparation activities in the days leading up to Saturday; prior to that, only basic maintenance was permitted.
The Brockville Country Club held a ceremony on its 10th tee Saturday morning to mark the long-awaited opening of the season.
Teeing off were local MPP Steve Clark, Brockville Mayor Jason Baker and Elizabethtown-Kitley Mayor Brant Burrow, as well as club president Ted Broome and radio personality Bruce Wylie.
In addition to provincial guidelines mandating two-metre physical distancing, golfers are also affected by numerous adjustments created in response to the virus outbreak.