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Minneapolis Links Looking like Lakes; Flooded Golf Courses Still Closed

Updated: 07/06/2014 7:37 PM
Created: 07/06/2014 2:18 PM KSTP.com
By: Kate Renner

Sunday's rainfall didn't help the already saturated golf courses just trying to dry out from a wet summer.

The rising Minnehaha Creek is so high, it has covered two Minneapolis golf courses, shutting them down for the past three weeks.

A yardage marker at Meadowbrook Golf Course is better used these days at measuring water depths.

"The water didn't end. It's as far as the eye can see," said Mark McDonald, Golf Attendant at Meadowbrook Golf Course.

From the links to newly formed lakes. To say the course is wrecked is an understatement, with 14 holes left unplayable.

Water is being pumped away from nearby homes in Hopkins.

"It's devastating, it's devastating, we have leagues and patrons and people who buy season passes," said McDonald.

Hiawatha Golf Course is also closed, but they've had better luck at pumping water off the course.

"We have two holes currently underwater at this time; 12 and 13. And about 16 fairways that have damage to it," said Lewis.

Minnehaha Creek runs through both courses.

"There's a lot of golf refugees between here and Hiawatha who are wandering. Trying to find other courses to play," said McDonald.

The park board is honoring Meadowbrook and Hiawatha golf passes at the four other Minneapolis Park Board courses.

"If you can see the first fairway is right there, we saw kayakers going down number one," said Billy Lewis, Hiawatha Golf Course Assistant Manager.

Golfers like Harold Brink have gone elsewhere.

"Yeah elsewhere, higher ground," said Brink.

The park board will decide when each course reopens, if that's even possible this year.

Meadowbrook has only flooded twice before, both times in the 1980s. Hiawatha has also only flooded twice in 1965 and 1987.


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