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Published April 11, 2013, 10:22 PM

During snowy weather, Fargo hosts many golfing options

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Masters weekend is big for golfers in this part of the country. Not only is it the first Major of the year, but it's typically close to the time when the first driving ranges and golf courses open, but not this year. However, golfers in the area are lucky to have some other options.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Masters weekend is big for golfers in this part of the country. Not only is it the first Major of the year, but it's typically close to the time when the first driving ranges and golf courses open, but not this year. However, golfers in the area are lucky to have some other options.

With 2-4 inches of fresh snow today, it doesn't appear golf courses in the area will open anytime soon. And that's just fine with Jeff Olson. Olson is in his first year as owner and teaching pro at The Sports Bubble.

Jeff Olson, Sports Bubble Owner/Pro: “It looks like it will be our best spring in history. It's been very busy and good for us.”

So good, that at certain times, there's no open tees on either level.

Jeff Ralph, Wahpeton Golf Coach: “We feel like we got to get some work in before we play outside. Today is our first time. We just can't get in it's so busy.”

Olson: “A lot of the teams have asked for that 4-5 p.m. time slot and we're just not quite able to accommodate them, along with the public. So we've got teams coming out 7 p.m., 8 p.m., even 9 p.m. just to get their practice in.”

High school teams, like Wahpeton and state champion Detroit Lakes, are coming from more than an hour away to practice.

Karter Smith, Detroit Lakes Sr. Golfer: “Every week we come here so I get excited. It's nice to get out here and swing.”

The Bubble also has two simulators, which are busy most evenings and every weekend. Austad's also has two simulators where you can demo clubs from their huge selection before buying.

Nick Wimer, Manager/Austad’s Golf: “Come in, try it out. Test the clubs, with your own. See the differences with what these clubs are starting to do.”

Wimer, a former pro at several area courses, says a majority of folks don't go into purchase mode until they can start getting outside.

Wimer: “As soon as you see a driving range open, it picks up a lot.”

In the meantime, there are options to satisfy that golf itch.

Clark Roscoe, Fargo: “It's better than sitting home, stressed out. You just come here, stay relaxed, have fun.”

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