The 2018 golf season arrived in La Broquerie almost three weeks ago.
"We have a couple of greens that are a little slow right now but everything is starting to perk up and us, like everybody else, is needing a little bit of natural rain,” said La Verendrye Golf manager Darren Dundas. “Not a storm but a little bit of natural rain over a couple of days and everything will perk right up."
Dundas adds they are trying to make up for the lack of help from Mother Nature.
"We just got our irrigation somewhat up and running. We're still doing some tank watering, as much as golfers don't like it, we have to. A light rain would help but we make do with what we have right now."
"We're probably two weeks behind. Those years that we do have early seasons, they quite often don't pan out though because it gets cold in between so we get geared up and then we slow down."
Dundas and his grounds crew have spent the last number of years making sure the course is playable in the event the 18-hole layout is saturated which isn’t the case right now but definitely has been an issue in the past and probably will be again this summer.
"We're going to probably do a little more drainage of course which is a constant battle and we're looking at maybe fixing a couple more tee boxes. Other than that, projects are minimal because we did get a late start and we got shutdown early last year."
Dundas says the La Verendrye golf course is a special place to play and a great test – which of course includes the par six 17th hole.
"I love this golf course simply because it is open and it is challenging to most individuals. You can play a short-distance, you can play a long-distance or mid-distance. It doesn't look like it's challenging but it is a challenging golf course from whatever set of tee boxes you're playing from."