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Grand Forks golf courses opening this week

Mike Johnson of East Grand Forks sends one flying down the fairway on hole twelve on Tuesday at Valley Golf Course in East Grand Forks , Minn. Valley was the first course to open this season in the area. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)1 / 2
Lost ball wait for their inevitable bath on the melting sheet of ice on the water hazard along hole twelve at Valley Golf Course. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)2 / 2

Valley Golf Course in East Grand Forks was the first to open this spring. The Grand Forks courses are expected to a follow suit this week as Greater Grand Forks golf gets into full swing.

Valley opened its driving range and putting green Sunday and the back nine holes Monday. All 18 holes are expected to be in play Wednesday.

"It's typical spring golf,'' Valley general manager and golf pro Jeff Kamedula said. "We're in good enough shape that golf carts can drive out there. There is moisture in some spots, which is typical with frost still in the ground.''

King's Walk opened its driving range Friday and all 18 holes are scheduled to open Wednesday, while Lincoln Park's 9-hole course is planning a Friday opening.

"Conditions overall on the (King's Walk) course are very good,'' said Dan Tannahill, the golf manager at King's Walk and Lincoln Park golf courses. "Lincoln has a few areas with some moisture, but it's good to go.''

Tannahill said typical course opening dates seem to have moved up in the past decade.

"April 15 always was the target date for opening,'' Tannahill said. "Now it seems that's been bumped up. In the last 10 years, I'd guess we've been open by the end of March or early April about half the time. That's becoming more the norm.''

At Grand Forks Country Club, the driving range opened Monday and all 18 holes on the private course are expected to be open Saturday.

"That's the day we're pushing for,'' GF Country Club head golf pro Mike Slominski said. "We're still a little wet on the course, with some standing water and some muddy spots in a few places. I think those will be avoidable by (Saturday).''

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