Up North: Golfers Enjoy Northland Courses Opening for Season

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: April 29, 2020 10:40 PM

Many Northland golf courses have opened for the season. The activity brings a sense of normalcy to this unique spring, however golfers are being asked to stay on par with social distancing expectations.

Ranging from 3,168 to 3,359 yards, Enger Park's par-36, 27 hole course provides golfers a unique spot to perfect their game.

"It's sort of scenic. There's some beautiful holes out there and it's just nice to be outside and playing a sport that we love," said Jim Tomlinson of Duluth while golfing with his friend Tom Elnes.

Duluth Marshall golfer Noah Bender said his favorite aspect of the Enger Park course was the view, "you get to see the bay area and a little bit of the lake."

Last week the Duluth location opened their first 18-hole course of the season as well as their driving range across Skyline Parkway. 

"It's a good practice area for golfers so they go through all their clubs or however they want to do it and just kind of work on whatever they need to work on," said Bender about the driving range.

"You try to work on your direction and then see if you're swinging well so that you're getting the distance that you expect. Of course you need it straight that's always a nice thing to do, try to hit it straight," said Tomlinson. 

Elnes added it's helps dust off the cobwebs from last year and, "try to get some muscle memory."

Enger Park Golf Course is taking serious social distancing precautions.

"I've gotten better at it as time has gone along," said Tomlinson about social distancing. "I hope for a good season and that we get through this coronavirus thing before too long."

The Enger Park Golf Course website recommends calling ahead to book a tee time and arrive 15 minutes early to the clubhouse. On the driving range patrons will be limited to one bucket per guest, per visit to balance safety and a high volume of interest. 


Alicia Tipcke

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