Courses getting ready

Katie Brickman
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Ranges open at Lynbrook, Hillcrest and Deer Ridge

Despite the last blast of winter, the local golf courses can’t wait to get going. 

Mike Flegel, pro shop employee at the Hillcrest Golf Club, is just one of the many golfers waiting for the weather to warm up so they can hit the greens this spring. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

All three courses — Deer Ridge, Lynbrook and the Hillcrest — have their driving ranges and pro shops open.

For those that can’t wait for sunny days to hit the links, it isn’t far off.

“We are still planning on having nine open by Friday, but not 18 until early next week,” said Denise Corrin with the Deer Ridge Golf Course.

Their driving range has been open for three weeks with some activity from the eager golfers. They hope to have the pitching and putting greens open by the weekend.

“The nice days, we have been really busy, but with the last couple days of snow, it hasn’t been,” Corrin said.

The Lynbrook had plans of opening completely this week, but Owen Morhart, the green superintendent couldn’t after the snow.

The club does have temporary green for the full 18 holes open, but will hopefully have everything ready to go by the end of the end.

“I would think sometime this week, if we can get some decent weather,” said Dwight Bearchell with the Lynbrook. “The greens are looking good and he (Morhart) has pulled off the tarps and they are looking really good.”

As for the Hillcrest, only the range and pro shop are open. There is no set date for the course to open.

“We need heat, not more moisture,” said Trevor McPherson with the Hillcrest. “We don’t know when as it will be based on weather and whether my superintendent gives me the go-ahead.”

Unlike last year with the flooding, none of the courses are having that issue. The slow spring warm up has helped and if there is one course that is more than excited about that, it is the Deer Ridge.

“There is always some areas of water, but not the massive flooding that we had in the last three years when we had lakes everywhere,” stated Corrin. “It will be the first time in four years that we’ve opened with 18 holes. We’ve had destruction every year. When you lose over a third of your course twice within three years, it is a little bit devastating. We still have areas where we haven’t gotten fixed yet and will be working on those throughout the year as we can.”

Neither the Lynbrook nor the Hillcrest is having local flooding issues either, as both courses drain well.

People can still sign up for memberships at any of the courses.

The Lynbrook has a membership for $812.12. The Hillcrest has some new initiatives this season.

For new members of the Hillcrest that haven’t held a membership in the last five years, there is an introductory price of $1,000. For those that have had a membership in the last five years and are returning, it is $1,200. Parents and grandparents that are members of the club and have children under the age of 12 can play for free, with some stipulations.

None of the clubs have raised their prices for nine or 18 holes. Check their websites for full details.

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