MERIDEN — With 50-degree temperatures expected this weekend, Hunter Golf Course will be open for business.
The course will open up Saturday at noon for walkers only. On Sunday, Hunter will open at 9:30 a.m. and the hope is carts will be available for use that day for at least nine holes.
“It’s a good way to get a jump on the season,” Hunter club pro Bob Tiedemann said Thursday. “It’s also good for morale. Everyone wants to be outside.”
It’s not completely unheard of for the course to open in the winter. Tiedemann said on one occasion in the last decade Hunter was open nearly the entire winter.
“It doesn’t happen often,” Tiedemann said. “We don’t want to open and close. The ground has been a little soft. That’s why we have held off until now. We don’t want to tear up the course.”
Tiedemann said he expects to see lots of new faces this weekend, including golfing diehards looking to get in a round. He added that other golf courses in surrounding towns have done well this winter by being open for business.
The course will be charging Junior Rates this weekend. For more details, call the course’s pro shop at 203-634-3366.
“The ground isn’t frozen and the course is in excellent shape,” Tiedemann said. “It’s good. It’s a crazy winter.”