Historically, the Rockland Golf Course has opened for the season in early to mid-April.

This year will be no different.

Keenan Flanagan, longtime PGA pro at the club, has announced that RGC will open for play Wednesday, April 10.

Traditionally, RGC is one of the first courses to open in the Midcoast, and usually the front nine holes because that layout is built on ledge and higher elevation.

The front nine will open April 10, while the back nine will open "within the next week," said Flanagan.

Greens fees are $20 for nine holes and $40 for 18 holes, while cart fees are extra, though Flanagan does not expect carts to be used early on in the season.

Flanagan said initially there was still snow in multiple places on the course late last month, but the snow melted quickly and the frost in the ground dissipated with the rain and warm temperatures.

Wetness and frost are two uncontrollable elements golf course operators despise.

"The problem we are facing is the cold nights we have had," Flanagan said late last month. "Once the temperature at night gets above 32 degrees we will lose some frost each night and day. We will open the front nine [holes] as soon as we can go 13 inches into the green to cut a cup."

Marcia Flanagan, Keenan's wife, again will operate Sandbaggers' Café on the second floor of the club house, which will also open April 10.

"The course weathered the winter fairly well as we did not have a lot of ice damage or snow mold which is what usually happens in Maine," said Flanagan, who also serves as the course superintendent. "We are looking forward to having a very productive season as soon as we get under way. It is all about the weather, as we all know. We have a lot of events scheduled along with all our leagues.

"We are very interested in catering to the locals with lots of specials as we believe traveling away will be very limited because of the [still sluggish] economy and we believe repeat busy is a necessity. With Marcia running Sandbaggers' Café things have gotten really social here also and a lot of people are happy. Good food, golf and fun. We look forward to opening and having a great summer."

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