The mornings are getting noticeably lighter and the evenings definitely longer - spring must be approaching, and with it the new golf season. It's been heavy going trying to fit in the odd round over the last few months with lots of snow and some heavy frosts, which have caused clubs up and down the region to be closed - some for fairly lengthy spells.
Let's hope we get a settled spell to herald in the new season- and that the summer is not a repeat of the two previous years!
Still, while the weather continues to be as unpredictable as ever, many courses across the North East have been anything but quiet.
As ever in our golf-crazy region, there's been plenty happening with several clubs appointing new secretaries and other backroom staff and others gearing up for the new season by tweaking their lay-outs.
Our cover star this month is Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club on the outskirts of Durham City.
Ramside is one of our two featured courses this month - the other being the historic links at Alnmouth Village on the Northumberland coast - and we also report on Ramside's efforts to beat the credit crunch.
What's more, it's time to start thinking about your season ahead now and we'd like to invite you to take part in our great Match Play Pairs competition for all-male and mixed pairs.
And we report on how you can take part in another couple of great events - our own Amateur Classic event and the Sunshine Fund Charity Golf Day.
And that's not all, as ever this issue of Golf North East is jam-packed with news from up and down the region while we have more travel ideas from Scotland and Portugal.
It all adds up to another cracking issue. So, happy reading.