By Sam Donnelly
For the Bashaw Star
Bashaw-area golf courses are looking forward to a strong season after a slow start due to rain and snow.
Both Bashaw Golf and Country Club and the Country 9 Golf & RV opened on April 29.
According to Country 9 owner Rose Gabert, business is good. The die-hard golfers showed up on the first week and the rest came out once the weather improved.
Country 9 is nine holes with a newly refurbished clubhouse and a seasonal campsite for overnight and day use. Gabert said the course weathered very well.
“All the greens are green,” said Gabert, adding that Country 9’s bookings are filling up very quickly, especially over the weekends.
Her advice is to phone or go online and book a tee time early to make sure you get a chance to play.
Country 9 is starting a men’s night on Thursdays, with a scramble game on the nine-hole course.
After the game, there will be dinner available for purchase.
Gabert said Country 9 is one of the only courses with rolling hills making it both enjoyable and challenging. Rates for tee times can be found on their website.
Like other golf courses, Bashaw Golf and Country Club started their season during a very changeable spring.
The ccountry club encompasses an 18-hole course, a clubhouse, restaurant and golf shop.
According to the general manager Kevin Finlay, the work done by their staff and their use of tarps over the green have made sure that the green weathered well.
Finlay said that business has been good so far and should pick up around the May long weekend when the local cabin owners go out to play a few rounds.
They have just recently finished their golf cart trails, making it easier to get games in during the rainy weather and easier for seniors to get around the course, added Finlay.
After two years of closure for the pandemic, the restaurant is opening up again.
This season, the country club has plenty of events coming up as part of their 110th year in business.
A Texas Scramble event will be held on May 28 and a ladies golf for cancer event will be raising funds on June 11 for Bashaw Health and Wellness.There will also be a silent auction with auction items being donated from the community.
July 9 will be the Bashaw Golf and Country Club’s 110th anniversary. They’ve decided to celebrate it with a tournament of 72 golfers. There will be a supper and live entertainment afterwards.
“This is a milestone so why not take advantage of it,” said Finlay.
More information can be found on their website.