Central New York

Hole in None?

A view golfers across Central New York have been lacking–blue skies, a bright sun and some warm weather.

By James Colgan LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (NCC News) — A Thursday afternoon in late-April in Syracuse typically brings warm weather–and throes of golfers to Liverpool Golf Club.

According to the course’s director of golf Stephen Schmitt, on a warm day in this time of the year, the course could see “about 100-150 players, maybe 200.”

But with yet another day of snow and frigid temperatures throughout Central New York, Schmitt’s business is taking a hit.

“We’re a month behind in business, we’re hurting this year again,” Schmitt said. “It’s a lot like last year—we had a rain out. Most of the spring was rain. This year, we didn’t get the rain, but we’re getting the snow.”

Just how bad has the hit been on the course’s business been this spring? Schmitt says, his business is 10 percent of what it usually is in-season.

But it’s not solely the courses that are hurting, golfers across the area are looking for refuge from the cold in the form of a tee box. Unfortunately for avid players like Tim Leonard, this spring has seen more time on his weather app than on the links.

“This year it’s been checking the 15-day forecast frequently, just waiting for that one day to come through where I can get out there,” Leonard said. “Frankly that hasn’t happened yet. So it’s been tough.”Colgan PKG5 Script