The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course opening Saturday

SPOKANE, Wash. — It’s almost time to bust out the clubs! The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course is opening for the season on Saturday.

Above-average weather has allowed the golf course to begin the season earlier than normal.

Saturday will be the second earliest opening date in the golf course’s history. The first was on Valentine’s Day in 2016.

“After last year, we didn’t get open until April 1 because of the winter weather, so we’re really excited to get open in February,” said Colin McMahon, head golf professional at Qualchan.

Many golfers were itching to get golfing that the golf course has a full tee sheet for Saturday with more than 110 players.

Regular golfers Jan Smith and Jane Erickson are excited for opening day. The two have been golfing indoors at Qualchan for the winter season.

“It’s fine with us, if winter doesn’t want to show up, that’s fine,” Smith said.

Both Smith and Erickson said using the golf simulator is not much different than golfing out on the course.

“It does until you’re putting. When you’re putting, it’s a little different but yeah, getting the swing going and stuff, it’s a good experience,” Erickson said.

There are still traces of winter lying around the grounds, but crews made sure it’s good enough for golfers to enjoy the sport.

“We just want to make sure the golf course is ready to handle the volume of players, make sure the turf conditions are ready to rock and roll, make sure the turf’s not too frozen we can handle golf carts and all that stuff,” McMahon said.

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Golfers looking to book tee times can do so by calling the Pro Shop at 509-448-9317 or by booking online at

The Esmeralda Golf Course said it hopes to have its full course open by March 2. Indian Canyon Golf Course said earlier in February they were predicting an early start, too, but no date set yet. 4 News Now has not heard back from Downriver Golf Course of when it will open.