Flooded Hopkins Golf Course Repair Costs Hard to Estimate

Updated: 07/24/2014 6:02 AM
Created: 07/23/2014 8:33 PM
By: Tim Sherno

Following heavy rains and high water on Minnehaha Creek the Meadowbrook Golf Course in Hopkins suffered extensive flooding. The course remains closed due to large areas of standing water.

Crews have begun to pump the water on the golf course back into Minnehaha Creek, and estimate it could take up to two weeks before nearly all of the water is removed.

As the water recedes, crews are also getting their first look at the damage caused by the flooding. Kevin Dufour works at Meadowbrook, he says greens and fairways have suffered, "I'd doubt any of this grass is left, it's been underwater for close to three weeks now."

Dufour estimates that at one time as much as 75 percent of the course was underwater or impacted by water in some way.

Four of the course greens were partially submerged and damaged. Dufour says greens are especially expensive to repair, costing between $50,000 and $60,000 each.

An early estimate of the cost to restore the course is approximately $200,000, but that cost will likely be higher as the water is pumped back into the creek.

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