Snowy Spring Keeping Golfers Off the Course

April 10, 2018 04:40 PM

The never-ending winter is causing major problems for high school sports teams around the Twin Cities.

That includes for golfers.

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Golf courses are not planning to open anytime soon with all this snow. Meaning it could be a bit before teams are able to start competition.

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In the meantime, Edina's Braemar Golf Dome has been packed with high school golf teams trying to get in some practice. 

General Manager Joe Abood said nearly 20 high school golf teams are practicing inside. When by now, they should be outside.

Other golfers too have been trying to get in some swings.

"It's been absolutely mobbed every day," Abood said. "We're seeing more business inside because we have the golf dome than we would if we were open outside."

But time and weather will tell when many courses are able to open.

"For us, we have some areas on the course that are north-facing and we still have a lot of snow out there," said Derek Stendahl, the general manager at Rush Creek in Maple Grove.

"We need some pretty consistent days of melting, and then we like to see things firm up a little bit after that. If you go out there when it's still soft and soupy, you can start off on a bad foot. You can do a lot of serious damage."

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In the meantime, those courses are losing potential business. In April of last year, Stendahl said, over 2,000 rounds of golf were played at Rush Creek.

"Fifty-two degrees in April is completely different than 52 degrees in October," he said. "When it gets warm in April, people can't wait to get out there and play. They've been waiting all winter for the opportunity.

"But right now, we're all still waiting."


Not a Normal April

At this time last year, golf courses in Minnesota were already open. Here is a look at how April has gone over the past few years at a number of public golf courses in the Twin Cities metro area:

Braemar Golf Course (Edina)

Opening dates
2017 – March 21
2016 – March 11
2015 – March 21
2014 – April 9 
2013 – April 27

Rounds of golf in April, 2017 –  1,759 (on par 3 course)

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Rush Creek (Maple Grove)

Opening dates
2017 – April 7
2016 – April 13
2015 – March 31
2014 – April 20
2013 – May 3
2012 – March 17
2011 – April 15

Rounds of golf in April, 2017  – over 2,000

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StoneRidge Golf Club (Stillwater)

Opening dates
2017 - March 30

Rounds of golf in April, 2017 - 1,475

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Town and Country Club (St. Paul)

Opening dates
2017
- April 7
2016 - April 1
2015 - March 30

Rounds of golf in April, 2017 - 1,246

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Highland National Golf Course (St. Paul)

Opening dates
2017
- March 19
2016 - March 11

Rounds of golf in April, 2017 - 2,793

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Chaska Town Course (Chaska)

Opening dates
2017 – March 31
2016 – April 7
2015 – April 1
2014 – April 18
2013 – April 30

Rounds of golf in April, 2017 - 2,994

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Minneapolis golf courses (Hiawatha, Columbia, Gross National, Theodore Wirth, Fort Snelling)

Opening dates
2017
- March 28

Rounds of golf in April, 2017 (all courses) - 12,510 

(Meadowbrook Golf Club re-opened in August of last year)

Credits

Joe Mazan and Frank Rajkowski

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