Every so often, Colin Scatcherd drives past Oakwood Resort and it’s almost too much to bear.
“There was no winter kill and the course is just gorgeous,” said the director of golf at the Grand Bend staple. “I just look at it and cry. It’s upsetting.”
The traditional spring “good walk spoiled” has been, so far, foiled in Ontario by the coronavirus. But London-area clubs have been gearing up since Premier Doug Ford told them to start getting ready a week ago.
Full swing, with the pastime already green-lighted in most of Canada, is imminent, perhaps as early as the Victoria Day long weekend.
So once it starts, what is a round going to look like?
“The actual playing of the game won’t change much,” said Tim McKeiver, head golf pro at the London Hunt Club, said. “We expect this after talking to colleagues across the country, like in B.C., where golf was never mandated to shut down. I anticipate people playing 18 holes in the same four-hour period. It shouldn’t be a problem to keep golfers in the same group adhering to physical distancing.