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Golfers Dust Off Their Clubs For Unexpected January Tee Times

(Credit: Paul Kurtz)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The spring-like weather has brought golfers out of their winter hibernation.

At this time of year, we should be breaking out the shovels. But with temperatures rising to the 60’s this weekend, a of folks will be digging out of sand traps.

And managers at country clubs and public courses will be cashing in.

“Oh yeah, we’re gonna be packed this weekend, for sure.”

(George McNamara, head pro at Brandywine.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

(George McNamara, head pro at Brandywine. Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Geroge McNamara (right), club pro at Brandywine in Wilmington, Del., says extra staff members will be called in to handle the rush.

“We expect probably 125 to 150 each day,” McNamara says. “People make tee times this year based on the weather. You don’t get anything if the weather’s bad but the phone’s ringing off the hook. It should be a great weekend.”

At Cobbs Creek in West Philly, assistant pro Nick Venditto says it’s been so mild they’ve had to manicure the track.

“It’s crazy, a lot of golf courses up here in the north, when it starts getting colder out, the grass grows dormant, stops growing. But these past couple days we had to get the mowers back out, cut the greens down a little bit, make a couple passes on the fairways.”

 

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