The warm weekend weather of Feb. 18-19 was a taste of spring in the midst of winter in Okemos.
The National Weather Service said Lansing broke the 1976 record of 62 degrees for this day. As of 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 the temperature had reached 65 degrees. The conditions got so warm in lower central Michigan that at least three golf courses in Ingham County were open during the record temperature setting weekend.
“In February, to have weather like this, I don’t think this has happened since I have been here,” said Bill Mory.
Bill Mory is the Lansing area PGA golf instructor for Meridian Sun Golf Club, located at 1018 Haslett Road.
“We were open this past week and plan to continue if the weather stays nice,” said Mory. “We have never been open in February before this year.”
Other pro shop owners in Ingham County took advantage of the warm conditions including JC Peterson, manager of Indian Hills Golf Course, located on 4887 Nakoma Road.
“We were open during the good weather last week, in fact we are open now,” said Peterson. “Decisions to be open are made strictly by whether the course can handle play without incurring significant damage, especially the greens, regardless of date.”
College Fields Golf Club, managed by Chris Hallead was also open this past Saturday.
“For two days we opened up during the warm week, we plan to open early if possible,” said Hallead.
For golfers wanting to get out during the winter season, the warm weather provided a perfect opportunity.
Golf courses in Meridian Township like Meridian Sun Golf Club and Indians Hills Golf Club are now waiting to see if they can stay open for good, and managers are preparing by tuning up their courses for the upcoming season.
“We are planning on improving our cart paths and bunkers this season,” said Mory. “We purchased some new equipment to better maintain the course as well.”
Indian Hills Golf Course is also planning some renovations this upcoming season to ready business.
“As for improvements, we do plan on enhancing our seven green pond area as well as several projects to improve drainage around the front nine,” said Peterson.
College Fields has also been renovating. Chris Hallead is hopeful the renovations completed will increase their spring business.
“We have redesigned and improved the third green for the upcoming season, as well as traps around hole three,” said Hallead.
All three courses will remain open weather permitting. Recent renovations and record breaking temperatures bring optimism to all three anxious Meridian Township pro shop managers who are hoping for continued warm forecasts.