Warm weather has duffers out in droves

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MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)–With record setting temperatures on Wednesday, don’t be surprised if you see golfers out on your local course.

At Lyman Orchards In Middlefield, they may set a record for number of rounds played on this date.

“So we’ve got over 200 rounds already on the books,” said Jason Beffert, Lyman’s General Manager. “We actually had a golfer come in from Boston. Drove all the way down from Boston to play here today, so well over 200.”

They actually sold out every tee time all day long. While 200 rounds is very unusual, Lyman Orchards actually does stay open all winter. Jim Caturano played just yesterday.

“Before that, last week we were out here,” Caturano said. “It was in the low 40s, but we were playing.”

For those who prefer these warmer temperatures, it’s been a while since they’ve taken a real swing.

“Oh, very rusty,” said Paul Griswold. “But it’s better than being inside, and it’s better than shoveling snow.”

There is no snow to shovel, but there still is plenty of work to do around the grounds. That meant making some phone calls and changing some schedules.

“So typically we ramp up starting about the first of march,” said Beffert. “We had to call a couple of people in early, but they’re happy to do so.”

The workers are happy to be busy, but they’re probably not quite as happy as all the golfers seem to be.

“It’s wonderful to be to be out for a day even though it’s going to get cold tomorrow,” said John Madden.

If you did not make it to Lyman Orchards today because they were all booked up, you can try again tomorrow when the weather will not be nearly as good. Remember, however, spring is just a month away.

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