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Published April 11, 2012, 10:16 PM

Early start to season has local golfers smiling

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - In less than a month of being open, Fargo Golf courses are already bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Last year at this time, there wasn't a course open.

In less than a month of being open, Fargo Golf courses are already bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Last year at this time, there wasn't a course open.

What a difference a year makes. Last year Edgewood Golf Course didn't open all 18 holes until July 5th. This year the course opened March 16th. It’s a 110 day difference. Now, it's the busiest course in Fargo, with more than 2,000 rounds of golf already played.

Roger Gress – Fargo Park Director: “It's really the best thing that could happen in our community with everything we've gone through.”

On a Wednesday afternoon when temperatures struggled to reach 50 degrees, dozens of golfers still took advantage of the sunshine at Edgewood golf course.

Sean Anderson - Golfer: “It's awesome. You don't get to experience this too often.”

Josh Martin - Golfer: “Courses are beautiful, love them, they're very nice for this time of the year.”

Greg McCullough – Head Golf Pro, Edgewood: “Everyone is excited to be playing in March and especially our place. A lot of people haven't played our place since 2008.”

Last year much of the Edgewood course was under water. This year, with holes 2, 3 and 4, remodeled, 2,183 people have already sunk putts like this.

Greg McCullough: “Even though we've had a great winter, everybody's ready to get outside, and everyone's attitude is great because we're not fighting a flood.”

A few less sandbags and a few more puts are sure to bring scores down this season, but the Park District is perhaps seeing the most benefit.

Roger Gress: “The morale with the public is so good right now, everyone is into the parks, and everyone is playing golf.”

Between rounds played and season passes, golf courses have already brought in more than $400,000.

Roger Gress: “My guess is this first month we've probably taken in more revenue than we have for the first two or three months of the last three years.”

In total, as of last weekend, there have been 8,612 rounds played at the five Fargo Courses. Last year, the first Fargo course didn't open until April 14th.

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