It has always been a source of pride for the owners of the Hermon Meadow Golf Club to be one of the first golf courses to open for the season.

That will again be the case this year as the course will open at 8 a.m. on Friday.

There is still some snow surrounding the trees on the course and the pond near the clubhouse still has ice on it, but this week’s sun and warm temperatures have helped make nine of the 18 holes completely playable without any temporary greens.

Thea Davis, who is beginning her 15th year as the golf pro at Hermon Meadow, said hole Nos. 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17 and 18 will be in play. She is optimistic that the rest of the holes will be good to go within 10 days.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if we have all 18 in play by the following weekend,” Davis said.

Golf carts will not be allowed on Friday, however.

“When I came out on Tuesday, I said ‘No way, no way,” Davis said. “But the last two days have been huge. We had the right temperatures and good winds to dry things out.”

Davis said it will be the latest opening in her tenure but it will be just four days later than last season. And the course is in better shape despite enduring one of the snowiest and coldest winters in history.

“The ice was problematic last year. We had a lot of winter kill. But we didn’t have a lot of frost in the ground this year and that was helpful,” said Davis, who explained that the snow serves as insulation.

“We haven’t suffered any damage at all,” Davis said. “All the greens are playable.”

The only change will be an abbreviated tee box on No. 17.

There will be a reduced rate. It will cost $10 to play nine holes and $15 for the whole day. The usual fees are $12 and 17, respectively.

She said they have done some cleaning and tree removal, and owners John Snyer III and his wife, Lesley Snyer, intend to continue to upgrade the sand traps.

“The sand traps had always been the biggest complaint. There hadn’t been enough sand in the traps and the sand was hard,” said Davis, who noted that the rain would pool in the sand traps and wouldn’t drain.

More sand has been added to the traps and a better drainage system is now in place so water wouldn’t pool in the traps.

“And it was a big expense,” Davis said.

She said she has had a lot of phone calls from golfers who can’t wait to put this winter in their rearview mirrors.

“I’m excited to get started,” Davis said.