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Spring snowfall causes local golf course to start the season behind schedule Submitted: 04/26/2018
Story By Erin Beu

Spring snowfall causes local golf course to start the season behind schedule
MERRILL - Just a few weeks ago, Wisconsinites spent hours shoveling and plowing from the latest dump of spring snow.

But Thursday, people put down their shovels and picked up their golf clubs.

"It was depressing to see white stuff still on the ground," said Northwoods golfer Merle Sheridan.

Sheridan recently came back from visiting Florida. He didn't think he would be golfing anytime soon in the Northwoods.

"I'm thrilled to be able to join my three [golf] partners and play in Merrill," said Sheridan.

Sheridan and dozens of others spent the Thursday at the Merrill Golf Club.

After multiple heavy spring snowfalls, many golf courses pushed back their opening date.

"It hurts us a little bit but we will make up for it in the rest of the year," said Merrill Golf Club Head Golf Pro Mike Potter.

Potter opened nine of the 18 holes on the course Thursday.

"It's a little wet out there yet. But it's drying out very quickly," said Potter.

Potter said this is the latest the club has ever waited to open the course.

"This time last year, we were already a month into the season," said Potter.

He says opening this late in the season cost the club about two to three thousand rounds of golf.

"It takes a dent out of us," said Potter.

Merrill Golf Club is one of the few golf courses to be open so far this season.

Potter said it's because they planned ahead and layered more sand on the back nine holes.

That's something even Sheridan can approve of.

"They dried out well, everything is drained. [It makes] playing with the guys I play with my favorite part," said Sheridan.

The club hopes to open all 18 holes by this weekend.

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