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Brought to you, Canada! People playing golf in Halifax while the rest of the countryside prepares for winter

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It’s a very different scene across Canada with the arrival of the holidays: while parts of the West Coast are still basking in heavy snowfalls. It brought air travel to a standstillMaritimers hit the links.

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Yes, on a mild Thursday just three days before Christmas, a group of friends were enjoying a day of golf at Indian Lake Golf Course in Hatchet Lake, NS outside of Halifax.

“There are a lot of opportunities to get out of it this time of year,” said golfer Mark Royal between the holes.

“The wind doesn’t blow too hard. As long as the wind chill factor is reasonable, it’s not bad to go outside as long as you have appropriate layers.”

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Fellow golfer Steve O’Neill said succinctly, “And we’re Maritimers, so we’re a little crazy.”

The contrast is particularly striking given the slew of weather warnings that have been issued in Ontario and Quebec – a storm described Environment Canada as a “destructive blizzard”.

The course director at Indian Lake Golf Course, Doug MacLeod, said they have noticed a change in golfers over the years. While people used to be wary of winter golf, this is not the case anymore.

“10 to 15 years ago, what we used to see was a lot of -10, -15, -20s when no one was willing to go out and play at the track,” he said.

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“But right now at about zero, low plus, low a little minus, they don’t seem to care that much. And as the clothes get better, it allows them to put on more layers and swing freely.”

The course has tee surfaces to protect the course all year round. This means that playing in the winter is not out of the ordinary.

“Winter golf is an interesting thing. Where people naturally hit the water, they can now bounce it across the ice. It definitely creates some interesting shots,” said MacLeod.

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Golfers – and Maritimers in general – shouldn’t be laughing for too long. A storm is also expected to reach the region from mid-Friday into Saturday.

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A white Christmas is not within the reach of Nova Scotians, and instead, the province will receive torrential rains and strong winds.

Once that passes, die-hard golfers plan to return to the links.

“As long as it’s still snow-free and it’s reasonably mild as it is now, I’d probably keep doing it, like, even in the winter for sure,” said Eddie Kerro, picking up his golf club.

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