'Everybody is starting to come out': Mitchell's golf courses open for season after rough winter
“Things are actually drying up more than anticipated. With all the snow we had, everything soaked right into the ground with no real layer of frost,” Clubhouse Manager Eric Hieb said.
MITCHELL — After a brutal winter, Mitchell's golf courses are in full swing.
Lakeview and Wild Oak golf courses both opened this week and welcomed golfers back to their 18-hole courses. Despite Mitchell seeing over 58 inches of snow this winter, more than double the city’s annual average snow totals, the recent shots of warm weather melted the snow and gave way for the pair of golf courses to open.
“Things are actually drying up more than anticipated. With all the snow we had, everything soaked right into the ground with no real layer of frost,” Lakeview Clubhouse Manager Eric Hieb said.
On the east edge of Mitchell, Wild Oak was bustling with golfers on Thursday to play 18-hole course for the first time this year.
Dave Backlund Jr., manager of Wild Oak, was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the snow subsided and gave way for the golf course to open on Thursday.
"The 90-degree weather we saw this week really helped us get things dried up enough to get going," Backlund Jr. said.
Although the prolonged winter hampered both golf courses to open in March like in previous years, Backlund Jr. said the snow provided a much needed shot of moisture to the grass.
"Thank God we got the snow because we needed it," Backlund Jr. said, as he glanced out the course that's already showing signs of green fairways.
Lakeview opened on Monday, and Hieb said the course that sits along the edge of Lake Mitchell has seen a fair share of golfers already.
"People are ready to golf after the long winter we had. We are anticipating a busy year," Hieb said.