Let me start off with bad news. I wrote my golf season column April 15 of last year, and on that date, almost everywhere in our area either had been open already or was opening within a week.
Today is April 28 and there's going to be a lot more waiting for many of you to get on your favorite courses.
But then again, hasn't waiting been kind of the motif of the "Spring" of 2011?
Sometimes I have to remind myself that the Red Wings are still in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They haven't played since eliminating the Coyotes a week ago tonight, they didn't even have an opponent until the wee hours of Monday night/Tuesday morning and as of 11 p.m. Wednesday, the NHL had not released a schedule for the second-round series against the Sharks.
Even better, once they finally did, the schedule indicates that Game 1 is going to be late on Friday night in California, which I'll warn you ahead of time is too late to make our press deadline for Saturday's paper.
As has been discussed in every corner of Houghton over the last month, there is still no Michigan Tech hockey coach. In fact, we've been in a sede vacante state in a month, and it's been clear over the last few weeks that there are a lot of people antsy about it.
Me, I'm not too worried. After all, there isn't even ice at MacInnes Student Ice Arena at the moment because of commencement.
Within a few weeks, I'm sure there will be white smoke from the SDC and us media types will chase up there and meet the guy. Besides, there's five months worth of waiting until the 2011-12 season opens in October.
Until then, I hope to play some golf. But the operative word is hope.
Good news to those of you in Baraga County: L'Anse Golf Club opened for the season April 8 and started allowing carts on the 15th.
Portage Lake Golf Course hosted its first rounds Tuesday morning, just before the ghastly dreck that currently is parked over the area made its arrival. So, I imagine once things dry out, I'll try and hit a few golf balls.
Unfortunately, at Calumet, the grounds crew has still yet to do anything because of the conditions. They're looking at about two weeks to opening, that is, barring more snow.
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge reports that the course is still 40 percent snow-covered. The restaurant will be open May 6, and they tentatively hope to open the course on or soon after that date.
Down in Twin Lakes at Wyandotte Hills, they say they're shooting for mid-May, hopefully sooner.
In Ontonagon County, neither Ontonagon Golf Club or Perttu's Big Spruce have committed to any opening dates, but it's been understandably hard to do that.
"The weather's just not cooperating," OGC manager Maryanne Bradley said.
In August, a stiff warm breeze is not always great, as it dries out the course. However, Bradley said they could really use one now.
"This time of the year, that's a welcome thing," she said.
So, there will be no golf-and-Masters combos like last year. May not be a golf-and-Players Championship combo at this rate.
Just keep waiting. Summer is out there ... I hope.
Brandon Veale can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.