The Deer Ridge Golf Course finds itself in a unique position when it comes to local sports facilities — one of the deciding factors as to when it becomes playable some springs is whether the majority of the course is under water.
Situated along the Manitoba Expressway and following the Moose Jaw River, the course has been victimized by major flooding that heavily delayed the par-27 layout’s opening in the past.
This year was not one of those years, not by a long shot.
“We opened our back-nine three weeks earlier than we did last year,” said assistant manager Nathan Corrin. “We didn’t open until the first weekend of May last year. We didn’t really have any snow and it was warm enough that we could open the range and the back nine really early, so that was pretty good.”
The recent warm weather and occasional rain has also played a major role — with things quickly greening up after a mild spring, the front-nine is opening today, meaning Deer Ridge will be available tee-to-green coursewide.
See Friday’s Times-Herald for more on this story.