Despite soggy weather, golfers turned up at Longshore Golf Club bright and early Friday for the official start of the season at the municipal links.

"It's nice that it's open," said one of those golfers, Xavier Vegas of Westport. "I don't get to do it often, so it's great."

Open at 7 a.m. weekdays, 6 a.m. weekends through the season, adult residents can play 18 holes for $24, with variations for senior, junior and out-of-town golfers when applicable.

"It's great," said Mike Durkin of Westport. "The course is open. How can you beat it? And the weather has gotten better since I've come out here."

"And it's great to see the course back in shape," he said.

Longshore, which has been maintained by a private firm hired by the town since last year, was recently listed among the best golf courses in the state by Golfweek magazine. Longshore was ranked ninth in Connecticut by the magazine.

"The greens are rolling really good," said Neil MacNeill of Westport. "Good shape."

Others disagreed, including one man who noted that the greens appeared sandy and too slick, though those conditions may have been the result of heavy showers early in the morning.

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