Golf

Area golf courses opening ahead of schedule

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MAPLETON, N.D. — Just off Interstate 94, west of Fargo, the secret got out. The Maple River Golf Club was open for play, Friday, March 19, and the customers came calling by the dozens.

WDAY News Reporter Kevin Wallevand found out in Mapleton, the opening at Maple River Golf Club is good for business and the mind.

“People are just anxious to get out there and place,” said club manager, Richie Shannon.

Josh Ackerland and his dad, Rick Ackerland came out to the golf course along with friends, and were some of the first off the tee. After being cooped up all winter, and with pandemic rules loosening, it felt good to get out.

“First and foremost you get to hang out with (the) guys, then you get some nice weather, and last of all, you get the game of golf,” Josh Ackerland said. “So, it’s awesome to come out here and have some laughs and be outside.”

“It is nice, it has been a long year this past year, so it’s just good to get out here, get some fresh air and sunshine and see how the game goes,” Rick Ackerland said.

The Maple River dumps into the Sheyenne and later flows into the Red River, so if there is flooding in Fargo, and Red backs up, the Maple River floods the golf course. There have been years when fish have been found on the fairway.

There have been several years where the Maple River backed up and flooded holes on the golf course, delaying a Spring start, and costing the course money. But this year there is no flooding, and the course is in great shape after winter.

“Last year we had only 12 corporate events instead of 25 to 30, and now those numbers are back up again,” Shannon said. “I am not sure we can schedule another event, people are that anxious to get back out and start playing again.”

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