As freeze turns to thaw, golfers swing in Connecticut

The general manager estimated more than 50 golfers hit the East Hartford Golf Club on Thursday.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – Weeks away from a Nor’easter that blanketed the state in snow, people are swinging again in East Hartford. The East Hartford Golf Club prides itself on making golf available whenever possible, so when temperatures reached over 60 degrees in Connecticut on Thursday, they opened the course for play.

“We had a small meeting with the team and it’s playable, so why not? said Alex Capossela, the new general manager of East Hartford Golf Club.

Happy to make his rounds on the course – in mid-February – Farmington’s Mike Condon said: “It’s an incredible treat at this time of year. It’s hot, not ice, it’s wonderful.

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After making an approach shot to a green from the front nine, Norbert Moemeka, originally from Nigeria, now living in West Hartford, smiled and said: “There are no bad shots in golf, period, not in February.”

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Capossela estimated more than 50 golfers hit the East Hartford Golf Club – a fair number for Feb. 17.

“We hope that the weather will resist us and that we will start the season early,” added Capossela.

After driving down the fairway on the seventh hole, Bill Rulon of Windsor said, “It’s more than fantastic, we’ve played indoor golf, but it just doesn’t compare.

Jimmy Altman is a reporter for FOX61 News. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

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