This month's warm weather has been golden in more ways than one for city and county golf officials in the Salt Lake area.
But their counterparts in Davis County can only look south with envy.Lower elevations and canyon winds have allowed Salt Lake City to open three of its golf courses; the county has opened two. One course, Oakridge Country Club, is open in Davis.
"Who would think we could be golfing in January?" said Dick Alexander, the city's new director of golf.
The city has taken in more than $25,000 since its Wingpointe Golf Course opened last Saturday. Salt Lake County's two courses have captured more than $42,000.
Golfers waited two hours to play Wingpointe Thursday, which sold 350 nine-hole rounds that day. "Lynn Landgren (the pro) jokingly said he needed combat pay," Alexander said.
More than a dozen groups waited to tee off at Glendale Golf Course Friday morning, he said.
Meanwhile, crews at Davis Park in Fruit Heights were still shoveling greens. The course professional hoped to open Saturday. A higher elevation and low groundwater tables there and at Valley View in Layton make snow stick longer than other places.
Bountiful's course still has 4 inches of snow covering almost every blade of grass. "We'd like to open but we know golf in January is an anomaly . . . and we never open in winter because of our location," said City Manager Tom Hardy.
West Bountiful's new course is also at least 80 percent covered.
Some golfers were surprised to learn that Mountain View, a course located higher on the Salt Lake Valley's west bench, is open. But canyon winds helped dry the course.
"They've had full tee times since last Saturday," said Pam Boyles, director of golf for Salt Lake County.