After a relatively mild winter and warmer-than-usual late-season temperatures, there is a possibility the Rockland Golf Course will open for play on or before April 1, said the club's longtime PGA Pro Keenan Flanagan.

In an announcement to members and others via the club's communication emails, Flanagan said the goal is to have golfers on the course by Wednesday, April 1, but the course could open sooner, depending on weather and ground conditions.

In the email, Flanagan said, "Given the good weather we are having we are hopefully going to have the golf course open no later than April 1. As soon as we can cut cups [on the greens] we will be open.

"Right now there is still a little frost in the greens and with the cold nights predicted this weekend at night this does not help. We were able to cut a cup about 5-6 inches down before we hit frozen tundra [on Wednesday, March 11]. We need to be able to go down double that. Old school way of opening."

Flanagan said to stay tuned.

With its relatively quickly-drying overall topography, Rockland, at least the front nine holes, often is the first Midcoast golf course playable in the spring. The course has opened in March in the past, but often begins play in early April.

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