Spring has officially sprung in Sioux Falls, sending many people to the great outdoors, but due to recent storm damage, many people missed out on one of the area's favorite outdoor activities.
With the ideal whether, all of the area golfers had the same idea of heading out to the golf course, but unfortunately that meant a lot of golfers were stuck on the practice range because finding a tee time on this perfect weekend in Sioux Falls was quite a challenge.
"We booked this tee time almost a week ago so we're alright, but if you're trying to find a place to play this morning, you're going to be out of luck," said Prairie Green golfer Ralph Murray.
"I would assume every tee time is taken by now, that's what I would think," said Steve Burfeind on the practice range at Elmwood Golf Course.
With weather like this, the Prairie Green Golf Course in Sioux Falls is always packed.
"O yes, it's just perfect, just perfect weather for golf," said Charlie Brown at the Prairie Green course.
But Saturday's crowded course was also because Elmwood and Kuehn Park courses in Sioux Falls are closed for tree clean up.
"It is very difficult, it goes against every fiber of your being not to be open because that parking lot would be full right now if we were," said Tom Jansa, the president of Dakota Golf Management.
Both Elmwood and Kuehn Park courses are owned by the City of Sioux Falls; Jansa says the courses are loosing about $10,000 every day they're not open during this high-demand weekend.
"People are understanding, anybody who's been around knows that there are issues with trees," said Jansa.
"O absolutely," said 85-year-old golfer Gordy Lyng.
"They've had a lot of tree damage in Sioux Falls and it's amazing that they've been able to get as much cleared away as they have," said Brown.
"I've still got more [branches] than what I see here in my own yard, so it takes a while," said Burfeind.
"We're focusing our efforts one nine at a time so as each nine gets cleared, then we'll be able to open that nine and then the next and then the next as it goes," said Jansa.
The practice range at Elmwood, Kuehn Park and Prairie Green are all open this weekend. Jansa hopes to have nine holes open at Elmwood by Sunday morning.
Until Elmwood and Kuehn Park are fully operational, memberships at those city courses will be accepted at Prairie Green—you'll just have to be flexible or call in advance to try and find an open tee time at Prairie Green.
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