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Whitetail Run gearing up for 2018 season

The weather is finally starting to turn and golfers are getting anxious to head back outside and kick off the 2018 golf season at area courses. Whitetail Run Golf Course manager Kevin Ross said they are hoping to open on Thursday or Friday of this week after the extended winter has delayed their usual opening.

During his time prepping things for the new season, the course has hosted a trio of events and he has noticed cars driving into the parking lot and around the course, hoping to get their first swings in for the season.

“We are going to try and get the high school kids out here as soon as we can,” Ross said. “The course, just looking at it, we would be fortunate if we are open on Friday. That’s all weather dependent and how fast it goes.”

Ross said the greens came through really well. Prior to the last two snowstorms, they cleared off the snow on the greens, so the snow wouldn’t melt and freeze on the greens. He said they really came through well.

The schedule is pretty full at Whitetail Run as they host a variety of different events. This year, they are hosting seven open tournaments and eight fundraising tournaments, along with the variety of class reunions and bridal showers that are booked.

Whitetail Run hosts an 18-hole men’s league on Wednesday mornings, beginning at 10:30 a.m., and a partner league that’s a nine-hole league on Wednesday afternoons. The ladies league is on Tuesday’s at the golf course.

Ross runs the summer-recreation golf for the juniors as well as hosting lessons for juniors and adults during the season.

“We try to get as many people out here as we possibly can,” Ross said of the golf course.

Ross has been with the course for 16 years and he said this year’s opening is bordering on the latest opening for the course. This counters a trend of the course being one of the first ones to open in the area. He said the last three-to-four years, the course has opened in March. Last year, the course opened on March 28, while the year prior it was the middle of March. Ross said it’s a little tougher this year, but everyone is in the same boat. The late course opening has allowed Ross to get a lot of the behind-the-scenes things taken care of, such as making sure the clubhouse is ready for the season.

Ross said once the snow is gone, it usually takes a day for it to dry out since the land is very sandy. He said they like to be open with carts.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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