BERLIN — Good weather and a rare Sunday opening made for a packed day for the first rounds of play this season at Timberlin Golf Course.
“Real exciting to see people, everyone is definitely ready to play,” said golf professional Marc Bayram. He said 120 people came out to play on Sunday, which was the first time the course has held opening day on a weekend in his nine years there. “They’re ready to go, they’re ready for a new season.”
After thanking everyone, Bayram hit the first tee shot of the season at the municipal course.
Lighter-than-normal snowfall and seasonably warm weather allowed maintenance crews to prepare the course for play two weeks earlier than last year.
The recent creation of the Golf Commission has also led to improvements, Bayram said, such as numerous trees being taken down around the second hole.
Golf Commission Chairperson Peter DeFazio said being able to open on a weekend allowed more people to play.
While he was glad to have a golf club in hand again, he said it was having the Timberlin community back on the course again that excited him.
Nate LaFollette, who was in the same group as DeFazio, said it’s the camaraderie between the players that keeps him coming back
“Honestly it’s more about the people than it’s about the golf course,” he said.