Volunteers to help save Whispering Oaks golf course in Manvel

The greater Grand Forks area is teeing off to save a local golf course.

We are part of The Trust Project.

MANVEL, N.D. — Whispering Oaks in Manvel received more than a foot of rain in about 72 hours earlier this month, causing the Turtle River to flood the course in historic fashion and tens of thousands of dollars in damage to the golf course.

Every spring the course floods from the thaw, but that's clean water. This flood included chemicals applied to nearby farm fields, and the muddy floodwaters choked out the grass on almost every fairway.

The fast-rising water made it impossible to save important pumping and irrigation equipment, and two bridges were also lost.

The owner said it would cost about $200,000 to fix the course, a price tag that had him considering shutting down.

But many in the region volunteered their time and equipment, getting the price tag to reseed the course down to $50,000.


Members are trying to raise the money to reopen next season, not just for the owners but for the community.

"We just felt we needed to do something. They by no means have asked us to raise money for them; we have volunteered to try and raise the money for them to get them back to where they were pre-flood," said course member Chad Hoverson.

Those interested in sending donations to help pay for the golf course's repair cost can donate here .

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Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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