Morning News-Lisa Lete
Ted Potter of Blackfoot takes his best shot at the Blackfoot Municipal Golf Course Thursday afternoon, with his golfing buddy, Patrice Williams of Pocatello. Thursday was the season's opening day for the the golf course and the driving range. Temperatures in the high 50s with low winds made it great day to be on the course.
Mother Nature offered mild springlike temperatures for the opening day of the Blackfoot Golf Course and driving range Thursday. This year, for the first time, the City of Blackfoot will manage the "Smooth Swing Driving Range," privately owned by Bill and Rita Pope of Blackfoot.
Blackfoot Golf Pro Mike Dayley said this is a good move for the city and golfers.
"The city is leasing the driving range from the Popes'," Dayley said. "This is something the city has been working on for awhile and the timing was right for the Popes."
Dayley said the driving range will operate from a token-run ball machine (a brand new ball dispenser with 6,000 golf balls). The tokens can be purchased at the clubhouse.
"We'll be able to offer longer hours for golfers to warm up and practice," Dayley noted. "The high school kids can use the range...we'll be able to develop a lot more golfers."
Dayley encourages golfers to set tee times and keep updated on the golf course and driving range by going to the website at www.blackfootgc.com.