The anticipated return of UND's Ray Richards Golf Course remains on hold for now.
The nine-hole course, which has been shuttered since the school closed it in 2016, had been targeting a June 1 opening prior to the coronavirus-related shutdown.
Now, with on-campus activities on pause, the status of Ray Richards' opening date remains unclear, said Mike Pieper, UND's Associate Vice President for Facilities.
"With COVID, we've restricted things going on on university-owned property," Pieper said. "The course falls into that. A lot of things are happening in terms of starting to open things up and all that ... so as the whole mix of on-campus activities moves through discussion, the course will be on that list. It's to be determined, based on the state of the state. As soon as that clarity is there, we're geared to get going."
UND was hoping to have the course ready to open in the fall of 2019 for a soft reopening but heavy rain wiped out those plans.
"It just got too wet for how young our green were," Pieper said. "We decided it wasn't worth the risk. We put it to bed, and now we're mowing and maintaining it. There's some winter kill in some areas and some standard spring maintenance."
After closing the course in 2016, UND originally announced plans in June of 2018 to sell the land with portions of the profit put toward an endowment to fund the men's golf program.
The family of the late Ray Richards, however, expressed displeasure with that plan and asked for the course to be reopened to fulfill the wishes of Richards.
In response, UND announced plans in October of 2018 to reopen the course. Richards, a UND alumnus, died in 1972. He donated the farmland near the intersection of DeMers Avenue and South 42nd Street to the university in 1962.