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Published April 17, 2012, 07:44 PM

GF Golfers Hitting the Links Earlier Than Normal

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - More and more people are on the greens and in the golf shops thanks to some pretty nice weather so far. King's Walk in Grand Forks opened in mid-March, the earliest start ever for the course.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - More and more people are on the greens and in the golf shops thanks to some pretty nice weather so far. King's Walk in Grand Forks opened in mid-March, the earliest start ever for the course.

The last couple of days have been a little chilly outside, but that hasn't stopped local golfers from hitting the course.

The fairway at King's Walk is full of golfers, a welcome sight as the season kicks off a little earlier this year.

"This is in the last 50 years for sure the earliest we've ever gotten started, so off to a positive start," King's Walk golf pro Dan Tannahill said.

The course opened in mid-March, about a month earlier than usual. With more golfers teeing off, more people are looking for merchandise and memberships.

"We're still in that dilemma where a lot of merchandise comes about the middle of April which is the typical time we'd open the golf course, so a lot of our merchandise is still arriving as we speak so from that perspective it's been a little awkward but we'll take it," Tannahill said.

"So far we've seen a high influx of membership sales. Usually we're not selling as much memberships as we have until the end of April," King's Walk assistant golf pro Todd Geatz said.

Although the course can be a little busy, golfers are just happy to be out on the fairway earlier this year.

"A little cool today, but I mean a year ago or five years ago this would have been a great day, so it's not bad today," Tannahill said.

After the Masters Tournament over Easter weekend, more golfers are showing up to improve their handicap and stay out of the rough.

"They got the anticipation to come out here now I guess, come out and play and practice," Geatz said.

"We're way ahead of where we'd normally be this time of year so the golfers come out when the weather's nice and we've had some nice days, the place has been busy," Tannahill said.

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