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Spring brings out the training for Tahoe Basin

Gary Kank

Play ball!

The well-known words rang out today at ballparks around the country as the 2001 Major League baseball season got under way.

The “Boys of Summer” are back, and all the familiar sounds of the season are back with them. The slap of a Randy Johnson 90 mile an hour fastball hitting a catcher’s mit, the crack of a Barry Bonds home run as it sails off his bat and into the San Francisco Bay, the cries of the peanut vendor, “Peanuts! Peanuts for sale!” These sounds signify one thing, summertime.

“It’s exciting,” said Thaddeus Laffitte of San Francisco as he watched the first pitch of the Giants/ Padres matchup on television at the sports book at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. “Opening Day means summer is right around the corner.”

With temperatures warming up around Lake Tahoe in the past weeks, it’s not only the Johnsons and Bonds who are charging back onto the diamond. Impromptu games are popping up in sandlots and fields all over town as kids and adults alike are lacing up the spikes and oiling up their gloves.

“This time of year is great because it allows me the opportunity to get out and enjoy it with my kid,” said Rob Harland of South Lake Tahoe as he played a game of catch with his son, Kit.

“Baseball is all about America. Everyone comes together, rich, poor, Republican, Democrat, it is our history.” said Ron Lindsey of Sacramento as he watched opening day action at Harrah’s.

While fans spent the day either following the action on television or enjoying a pickup game with their friends, one thing is certain: Springtime is here.

And with increasingly warmer weather, ballfields will not be the only playing surfaces frequented by recreation enthusiasts. The South Tahoe golf courses are looking to open in the next few weeks.

While the national weather report is forecasting light snow showers for this week, Tahoe residents are looking forward to keeping more of the warm weather around.

“I love being outside,” said Notanee Vasquez, 9, of South Lake Tahoe. “This is the time of year I get to run and play with my friends.”

So while we may have to battle through another storm or two, keep in mind as long as there’s baseball summer is near.

As for winter, you can tell it goodbye.

Breakout Box:

Summer is definitely coming, and that means golf enthusiasts are dusting off their bags and shining their clubs in anticipation of another season on the links. So while greenskeepers around the Lake are busy grooming fairways and trimming putting surfaces, here’s a look at South Shore’s courses.

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course

The gem of the Lake, offering 18 world class holes is scheduled to open on May 10. Fees for a round of 18 are $200 which includes the use of a cart. Tee times can be booked 90 days in advance at (775) 588-3566.

Lake Tahoe Golf Course

Surrounded by snowcapped mountains, the 18 hole championship course will get going this friday when they open up their driving range facility. The following week, on April 14 the entire course will be open. Fees are $67 which includes a cart. LTGC also offers a Monday through Thursday fee of $47 to walk the course. Book your tee times at (530) 577-0788.

Bijou Municipal Golf Course

Located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, “The Bijou” offers nine holes in a scenic setting. Greenskeepers and course officials are shooting for an April 14 opening day. Fees to walk the course are $12 dollars for locals and $15 dollars for non residents per nine holes. Bijou also offers twilight fees at $9 for locals and $12 for non-residents. Senior Day is every Wednesday, offering a round of golf to Senior Citizens for $9 all day. Call (530) 542-6097.

Tahoe Paradise Golf Club

The 18 hole executive course nestled in the pine trees is looking to open at the end of April. Fees to walk the par 66 course are $35 for 18 holes and $25 for nine holes. If you choose to cart yourself from tee box to tee box prices are $50 for eighteen and $35 for nine. TPGC also offers twilight fees beginning at 3 p.m. at a walking rate of $22 and a cart rate of $32. Tee times can be set up at (530) 577-2121.

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