Local golf courses seeing less customers due to gloomy, wet weather

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The wet weather isn’t helping area golf courses. The soggy conditions mean fewer golfers are hitting the links and more work to maintain the grounds.

Only the diehard golfers have been braving the damp, dreary conditions this week.

“The course is beautiful, it’s just a gorgeous course.” Terie Fleury is a regular here. She lives in South Hadley, so Ledges Golf Club is in her backyard. While she would love to see sunny skies and dry fairways, she knows that’s not always possible with western Massachusetts’ unpredictable spring weather.

“I think it’s just fun all the time. We’re on a league on Friday night’s and they’re just a good group of people. You have to make it fun or you put a face on the ball and that’s not good, haha,” said Fleury. 

Because of the weather, there are restrictions.

General Manager Mike Fontaine told 22News, “We are a golf course. Unfortunately, we have to keep the golfers on the cart trails so they don’t do damage.”

Fontaine said they watch the 22News Storm Team forecast daily. When the sun is out they see more business. And they need it because they’re still recovering from bad weather last fall.

“We depend on mother nature. Golf is short up here in New England. So as soon as we can possibly get out there we have to generate revenue. You lose a weekend, there’s no making it up,” said Fontaine.

As for Terie, she’s still working on her form and enjoying time with friends, “When I can at least get a birdie, maybe par golf. You know a couple of bodies. But I’m usually more in the bogie area, haha.”

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