Sussex golf

The Sussex Golf and Curling Club welcomed its first golfers of the year on Tuesday. (CBC)

A few intrepid golfers braved the chilly weather in Sussex Tuesday to secure bragging rights as some of the first players on the local course this year.

New Brunswick golf professionals say this is one of the latest season openers in memory, but the feeling on the links is better late than never.

"When I heard that Sussex is opening today, it didn’t take me long to decide to jump in my car and come down," said Ryan Kingston, whose home course of Kingswood is still under snow.

The Sussex Golf and Curling Club is behind schedule, and should have been open weeks ago. Wayne Patterson was one of the first out Tuesday morning.

“The greens are in excellent shape," he said. "Just walk around the big puddles and just carry on and have fun.”

Brent McKay, the club’s golf professional, says late-winter snowstorms and recent flooding caused delays.

"It created some major problems," he said. "We have a brook that runs through the middle of the golf course. We had a lot of damage to our car paths, bridges for walkers.

"That was basically a week’s work for six guys just to repair the damage."