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Fore-tuitous temps: Open driving range foretells spring

CROSSLAKE--For the lakes area, a sure sign of spring comes in the form of swinging clubs. Mike Stone, owner of the Crosswoods Golf Course in Crosslake with his wife Kelly, hit drives Tuesday, March 19, on his recently plowed driving range. The St...

Mike Stone, owner of the Crosswoods Golf Course in Crosslake with his wife Kelly, hits a drive Tuesday, March 19, on his recently plowed driving range. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Video
Mike Stone, owner of the Crosswoods Golf Course in Crosslake with his wife Kelly, hits a drive Tuesday, March 19, on his recently plowed driving range. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Video

CROSSLAKE-For the lakes area, a sure sign of spring comes in the form of swinging clubs.

Mike Stone, owner of the Crosswoods Golf Course in Crosslake with his wife Kelly, hit drives Tuesday, March 19, on his recently plowed driving range. The Stones started clearing their golf course early in the season last year when their daughter, Savannah, coach of the Pequot Lakes girls golf team, wanted her players on turf instead of inside a gym.

Nine holes of the golf course should be ready in a week or two, according to Stone. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 40s by the weekend.

Mike Stone operates a Bobcat clearing snow Tuesday, March 19, on the Sunset Nine at Crosswoods Golf Course in Crosslake. This is the second year the Stones have cleared nine holes to kick off the season early. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Video
Mike Stone operates a Bobcat clearing snow Tuesday, March 19, on the Sunset Nine at Crosswoods Golf Course in Crosslake. This is the second year the Stones have cleared nine holes to kick off the season early. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Video

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