Two perfect days.
24 degrees celcius on Monday and showers on Tuesday.
You can almost hear the grass growing.
"It's not rocket science," chuckled Oakwood Golf Club greens superintendent Ken Bordnyuik. "Everybody knows, whether it's trees or grass...they want that heat, they want some moisture. We've just fertilized so that's going to start releasing and everything is going to explode. Then you're going to hear me complaining that we've got too much grass to cut."
The 18-hole layout near Ste. Anne got an early jump on the 2017 golf season.
They started taking tee times on April 5th.
"It was a little earlier than we normally open," Bordnyuik said. "Historically, anytime you open before the 15th of April you're doing well. Yes we were a little bit early and we probably pushed it a little bit but again that has to do more with revenue than anything. The first two weeks were really good and I even recall, it was a Friday, it was just a beautiful Friday. People were out there golfing and Saturday it was snowing. It was one of those welcome to Manitoba."
Like other golf courses in southeastern Manitoba, Bordynuik said Oakwood dealt with ice damage from a freeze-thaw cycle early in 2017.
"It's in January and you sit there and you're wondering what's happening to my golf course and there's nothing you can do until spring time and see what happens."
The course did suffer some damage to the fairways and tee boxes but the greens wintered just fine.
Bordnyuik says he'll have a better idea how to deal with the problem areas after the long weekend if Mother Nature cooperates.
And then there's irrigation and drainage.
When conditions are too perfect and golfers get to play every single day because there hasn't been a droplet of rain for weeks, greens superintendent's get antsy because their course can dry out before they know it.
Even with pumping a ton of water on it.
And if a golf course receives a couple of days of torrential rain fall, greens superintendent's are sloshing through the water fixing the problem areas that get way too wet.
"Irrigation on the original nine, all our greens and tees are automated and about half our fairways, so we've been picking away at it year-after-year trying to do more automation," said Bordynuik. "Unfortunately the last few years have been fairly wet so irrigation kind of got put on the back burner and we've been spending a lot more time doing drainage. Where you don't necessarily, as a golfer, see the benefits of what drainage does, we were open April 5th and that's because we've made a huge investment into drainage."
"We do have a little bit of a benefit here," added Bordynuik. "We are fairly gravely and sandy so we generally drain well but we do have our low spots that get pretty wet and we don't want to have to tell everybody cart path only. We want you to come out here and enjoy yourself. When we do that, that's more to save the golf course and still allow people to get out there and golf."