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Published March 20, 2012, 08:11 PM

Golfers Teeing Up Earlier Than Normal

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Many golf courses are open or plan on doing so soon. The Grand Forks Country Club plans to open this Saturday, one of the earliest openings in its history.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Many golf courses are open or plan on doing so soon. The Grand Forks Country Club plans to open this Saturday, one of the earliest openings in its history.

The club was started in the early 1920's just outside of East Grand Forks, but moved just south of Grand Forks in the mid 1960's.

"Ironically part of the reason to move out was to get away from some the flooding problems that where occurring on the previous course," Country Club board chair Derrick Johnson said.

Country Club Board Chairman Derrick Johnson says the course didn't have the chronic flooding problems here for most of it's history, but that changed.

"We have dealt with some level of a flood event every year since 1997," Johnson said.

Most years it's not the neighboring Red River that is the problem, the Cole Creek which meanders through the course is what floods. The creek carries drainage from thousands of farm acres to the south of Grand Forks.

"Farmers have been more successful at draining their fields earlier in the spring. It really has an impact how the water moves through our course and how it back up before it gets to the Red," Johnson said.

Johnson says this is the first time in nearly two decades that there is zero flooding on the course. Saturday maybe one of its earliest openings, and that will include all 18 holes. And with no flood clean up this spring, there will be more time for other things.

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