Updated: 05/02/2014 5:30 PM
Created: 05/02/2014 5:20 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
Clouds have been hanging over the Northland all week, but spring is out there. Believe it or not, but there are patches of spring growing at the Nemadji Golf Course in Superior where crews were preparing to open the links.
Splashes of green grass around the course mellow the spring fever that's set in for golfers like Chad Beiswenger. He said even the dull brown grass is something to appreciate.
“It just feels great to see the snow is gone. I'd rather see the brown grass than that white snow any day,” Beiswenger said.
The driving range opened on Friday and Beiswenger was one of the first customers taking practice strokes.
“It feels nice to get the rust off here. It feels like it's been about a year since we've been out. Even though the weather isn't too great it's nice to get out and swing the clubs,” Beiswenger said.
Despite the gray weather a portion of the course will open on Saturday according to Golf Assistant Reece Bartelt.
“We're going to open up one side, which is the west, and it's looking like we're going to open up the east on Sunday afternoon. To answer the question I think spring is finally upon us. It looks like we're going to have some nice weather on Sunday,” Bartelt said.
He said the opening is a couple weeks later than normal, but the heavy snowfall actually protected the grass beneath it from frost.
"We just uncovered the greens and they're looking really nice. With a little bit of wind and some sunshine I think this place is going to be really green in about 3 weeks here,” Bartelt said.
He said with a little sun and some luck spring will swing into the Northland.
In Duluth, driving ranges are open at Lester and Enger Park, but you'll have to wait until next week to tee off on the courses.
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