Area Golf: The season has begun
Masters week in Augusta usually drives the Minnesota golfer into a frenzy. More often than not, frost is still lodged in the ground, while Azaleas bloom bright for the first golf major of the season April 6-9. Temperatures are uncooperative for l...
Masters week in Augusta usually drives the Minnesota golfer into a frenzy.
More often than not, frost is still lodged in the ground, while Azaleas bloom bright for the first golf major of the season April 6-9. Temperatures are uncooperative for lakes area players to sneak in a round to mimic what they see on television.
This season, depending on the upcoming weather, will be different. Warm temperatures, and lack of frost have many courses and driving ranges already open or soon to open in the next few days helping area players create their own 'tradition unlike any other.'
Eagle's Landing in Fort Ripley, Crosswoods Golf Course in Crosslake and Emily Greens are already open. Madden's Pine Beach West course along with the Airport Driving Range will be open Friday, March 31.
Grand View Lodge's driving range is open as is the The Vintage in Staples. Those are the courses that have contacted me. Others may already be open so check with your favorite destination.
When calling Crosswoods, expect to hear a different voice this season as Tim Trott moves south nine miles from Golden Eagle to the Crosslake course. Trott brings his 25 years of experience, his San Diego Golf Academy education and his knack for holes-in-one to the 27-hole facility.
"Tim's understanding of the game is not just as an instructor, but also as an incredibly skilled player," said Crosswoods owner Mike Stone. "His career highlights include 19 holes-in-ones and a personal-best 18-hole score of 61 at Golden Eagle in Fifty Lakes.
"Tim currently lives in Nisswa with his wife, Jackie, and two sons, Connor and Mason. As Crosswoods' new golf professional, Tim will be providing individual and group lessons, as well as working with one of the best junior programs in the lakes area."
The Whitefish 18-hole women's league will open the 2017 season with a welcome back scramble 1 p.m. May 10. The league plays most Wednesday mornings through Sept. 21. Special events this season include Cause Day, member/guest June 21, Women of Whitefish Aug. 24 and the league championship Aug. 16-17. There will also be a season-long match play tournament and another season-long qualitier for the shoot-out challenge Aug. 30.
League dues are $45 with a monthly luncheon, meetings and assorted games throughout the season. Individual stroke play and team events are scheduled throughout the summer.
Anyone interested in joining the league, may contact the Whitefish Pro Shop at 218-543-4900.