City of Spokane golf courses continue to open for the season

It might have happened later than golfers would like, but City of Spokane golf courses are continuing to open as the weather gets nicer and folks become more eager to hit the links!

The Creek at Qualchan golf course finally opened Monday, and in the first two days 300 rounds of golf were played. Both Esmeralda golf course and Downriver golf course have opened for the season within the last week.

Indian Canyon golf course is experiencing a delay this year in opening, but for good reason! Currently, crews are replacing the irrigation system at the course. The system has not been replaced since 1936. It will save 16 million gallons of water per year at the golf course and make the game more enjoyable for golfers as it promises to help with the greens and create better course conditions.

All City of Spokane golf courses will receive this irrigation upgrade at some point by 2022.

Group and private golf lessons are already underway, and coming in May, family nights at Esmeralda! Family nights see 9 holes closed off for families to enjoy at their leisure.

Robert Sanders, who works at Esmeralda golf course explained, “families feel like they are intruding or out of place, that they always have to pick up the pace. There’s none of that!”

Tee times will begin at 5pm and with the $49 price, families will get a large bucket of balls, two golf carts and green fees. If the program goes well, there is potential that it could expand to other city courses in the coming years.

To reserve a tee time for family nights, call the Esmeralda golf course at 509-487-6291.

Also available at Esmeralda golf courses, the chance to get from hole to hole in a different fashion. Last year they added “golf boards,” to help golfers get around. Golf boards look like a surfboard on wheels and have room for your golf bag in front. Like a golf cart, they can go forward and backwards, turn corners, you just need to help by leaning in to the direction you’d like to go!

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