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Published May 08, 2013, 06:05 PM

Golfers not yet able to play full courses after flood season

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The impacts of this year's spring flood are still hitting golf course greens all over the Valley.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The impacts of this year's spring flood are still hitting golf course greens all over the Valley.

Here in Fargo, some courses are better off than others. Today, crews were working to remove trap bags at Edgewood.

Here at Edgewood three holes are still underwater. Crews have been at it all day trying to get rid of these trap bags and get the course ready to open.

Greg McCullough, Edgewood Head Professional: "For Edgewood itself, anything over 30 feet, we have some problems with water."

A long line of trap bags still hides the holes at Edgewood, with people working fast to tear them down.

McCullough: "It's been a long winter as everybody knows and obviously the more that the flood moves back, it kind of shortens our season a little bit."

But luckily, the late start brought an even faster drop in water levels.

Each season the city brings in roughly $2 million from its courses, with spring flooding taking a bite from the bottom line.

Jim Larson, Fargo Parks Dir. of Finance: "It wouldn't be unusual to say it could be up to a $50,000 loss, knowing what's going on with Edgewood."

Larson says that's nothing compared to the $600,000 lost in the flood of ‘09.

Larson: "It's great and it all worked out, all within reason. Everything is minimized compared to what it could've been."

Steve Fuller, Prairiewood Golfer: "It's great. I wasn't expecting this."

And golfers can still tee off at at courses like Prairiewood, much earlier than anticipated.

Fuller: "Edgewood is my favorite, so I can't wait."

Rose Creek, Osgood, and Prairiewood courses are all fully open and Edgewood is on par to hopefully open 9 holes in a week or two. El Zagal is closed.

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