Grantwood Golf Course is open and in full swing for the season, seeing an increase in play compared to previous years.
Thanks to good weather, despite last week’s one-day snowfall, the course opened earlier than normal on March 9, said Stephanie Koval, Grantwood program coordinator. Typically, the course opens at the end of May.
“The weather looked so good and worked out for us,” she said.
The number of golfing rounds is higher than usual for this time of year, Ms. Koval continued, and the pandemic is one of the reasons. In addition, the closure of the Golf Dome in Bainbridge has brought more golfers to Grantwood’s driving range this winter.
“Rounds are definitely up for opening earlier,” she said. “We are doing really well.”
Ms. Koval said more people are sharing golf carts this spring, although there is an option of one cart per player for an added cost. Pandemic health guidelines last year before vaccines were available recommended one person per cart.
Spirits were also high in the month of March after the opening, with “everyone flooding in,” she said.
Grantwood also gained more memberships, she said.
“Golf is on the rise again compared to 10 years ago,” Ms. Koval said.
There is increased interest in learning golf this year, with spring clinics filling up as well as those for senior citizens. Grantwood is partnering with the Solon Senior Center on that effort.
“More and more people are emerging and excited to get out there due to COVID blues,” Ms. Koval said.
Grantwood’s pavilion is also booking solid for the year, May through September. The pavilion, along with the banquet hall, was closed last July due to COVID-19, she said, but is now open with limited capacity outlined by state guidelines.
The snack bar will be fully open on May 1 and leagues and outings begin in two weeks.
“Everything is going back to normal this year,” Ms. Koval said.
Nick Treat, the golf course superintendent, said mowing will begin next week.
“We will be in the swing of things and maintaining on a day-to-day basis,” Mr. Treat said.
The course is managed by four full-time and 45 part-time employees.
“It’s an exciting time and all of us are really excited to work together,” Ms. Koval said.
She added that capital projects are also on the horizon, including new restrooms with plumbing at the pavilion, expected to be complete at the end of July, as well as a newly repainted banquet hall and new walk-in outdoor cooler for the banquet hall.
They will also continue to get new cart paths, she said.