Old Brockway Golf Course set for Friday opening
KINGS BEACH ” For the umpteenth consecutive year, Old Brockway Golf Course in Kings Beach will be the first local course to open for the season.
Old Brockway owner Lane Lewis and course superintendent David Laurie have been hard at work through the winter to ensure an early opening date, which is set for Friday, weather permitting. Lewis always shoots for an opening date coinciding with the Masters golf tournament ” and he beat that by a week. It still is not a record, though, as March openings have been accomplished in the past.
“The course came out great through the winter,” Lewis said. “The tees and greens came out looking great. One of the big things golf courses deal with is snow mold and ice damage, and we didn’t have any ice damage and just a real small amount of snow mold.”
This is Lewis’ 15th year working with Laurie, and he said at this point, “we’ve basically got it down to a science as far as removing the snow in a quick manner.”
Lewis said they use organic compounds to melt the snow and generally try to avoid mechanical removal methods.
Old Brockway ” open since 1924 ” also is nestled in the “banana belt” of Lake Tahoe, which receives less snow than most areas around the lake, Lewis told the Sierra Sun in a 2008 interview. This is because of a large shelf that extends off the North Shore, keeping the water shallow ” about 6 feet deep ” some 1,000 feet out, Lewis said. The shallow water heats up in the sun, creating a micro climate with slightly warmer air than places nearby, Lewis said.
And as Lewis pointed out, Old Brockway designer John Duncan Dunn did not overlook how to maximize the short season in the Sierra Nevada. With this inevitable setback in mind, the Scotsman laid out the fairways in a way that best soaked up morning sun as well as sun low in the southern sky.
Most courses in the Tahoe area don’t open until mid to late May, weather permitting.
” Sylas Wright contributed to this report