Local golf courses feeling impacts of harsh winter

By Heather Sawaski, Local 5 News

Published 04/02 2014 04:05PM

Updated 04/02 2014 05:56PM

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) - Our harsh winter is causing delays for local golfers. Most area courses will be opening up a bit later than normal.

"I actually had a party stop in this morning thinking the course might be open and were going to go out and play," Larry Rand said Wednesday.

Rand owns Royal Scot Golf Course in New Franken. While early April usually means getting the course ready to open, this year, they're running a couple weeks behind.

"We haven't been able to do anything on the course yet," he explained. "There's too much moisture. The ice that should break up with good weather, hopefully."

It's a similar story at Mid Vallee Golf Course in Lawrence.

"As soon as the temperatures start getting a bit warmer, we do have that increase awareness of golfing," said Eric Smith, operations manager.

Employees have been busy moving snow piles to help them melt faster. Smith said the biggest issue right now is frost which still reaches about a foot below ground.

"We would like to have a nice warm rain," he said. "The rain actually takes the frost out of the ground and brings it up so the turf can actually start breathing and growing again."

"All we can do is look at the grounds and wait for the weather to do some thawing," added Rand.

While it may seem like a late start, last year, both courses didn't open until the end of April. Owners are hoping this doesn't become the new normal for spring in Wisconsin.

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