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Golf courses opening

Michael Traum

Back in January it looked like several local golf courses were going to be swept away to Reno by raging waters.

However, a dryspell during the latter part of winter into early spring has enabled local courses to open earlier than usual.

In fact, Lake Tahoe Golf Course has overcome $75,000 in flood damage to open today.

“We’re opening anywhere from a week to 10 days earlier than normal,” said LTGC General Manager Dave Rowe. “The early thaw and lack of snowpack allowed us to get on the course earlier and do repair work. The course got affected very little by winter weather.”

Damage was done to the cartpaths and bridge approaches on holes 6, 7, 12, 16 and 17 along the Truckee River. “It hasn’t affected the playability of these holes, only some infrastructure things,” Rowe said.

A special offer is in place for the remainder of April. The costs, which include green fees, cart and range balls, are $40 Monday through Friday, $30 after noon, $50 for Saturday and Sunday and $40 after noon on weekends. Regular weekday green fees are $60 (with cart) and $42 (walking); weekends $60; twilight daily $40 (with cart) and $30 (walking); after 4:30 p.m. $30 (with cart) and $20 (walking); early bird nine-hole special $30 (with cart) and $20 (walking). Tee times start at 8 a.m.

In Meyers, Tahoe Paradise Golf Course is expecting to open the front nine (what used to be the back nine) by April 19, with the other nine following a week later.

In the same boat as other area courses, only continued warm weather will remedy the standing water.

“We had some erosion, but I’ve seen much worse,” said general manager Dave Beeman. “But we haven’t had an earlier season start for a couple of years. We’re excited.”

The driving range and putting green are currently up and running at Paradise. Early season fees will be: $15 walking, unlimited play; $20 twilight, which includes a cart and unlimited play; and carts for early players at $16 per nine holes.

From the highway, Edgewood Tahoe’s greener than green putting surfaces are a golfer’s spring calling. But true to form, Edgewood is waiting until May 10 to present the 1997 version of Tahoe’s finest.

“It’s going to be a great one. It’s fabulous out here, there’s no other way to describe it,” said spokesman Bobby King. “We purposely open late because we want to have it totally ready. It really shows.”

Reconstruction projects have been completed, according to King, which means the towering pines, dart-tossing tee shots, nose-bleed distance approaches, icy slick greens and a big pond named Tahoe will again be the focus of the challenge.

The price for public play remains at $150 for 18 holes. Local’s Day is scheduled for May 6, with other community functions planned for before and during the season.

Bijou Golf Course emerged from the flooding in good shape, according to the city’s recreation superintendent, Judy Crawford. Plans to open on April 26 will rely mostly on cooperating weather conditions.

“As soon as the standing water recedes, we’ll open. It’s nothing out of the ordinary,” she said.

Prices will remain at $12 per nine, $8 for each additional nine.

Down in Glenbrook, the historical golf course is shooting for a May 1 opening. The abundance of winter wet stuff caused a few trees to topple and underground springs have sprouted in certain fairways.

But that hasn’t stopped head pro Lane Christiansen from preparing for another season.

“It’s just a matter of time. As soon as the course dries out, we’ll get the trucks out there and remove the debris,” said Christiansen, who suggested that certain surprises may be in store. “For one, we’re going to take reservations for the first time ever.”

Prices have increased slightly for the 1997 season: $34 for nine holes walking; $49 for 18 holes. Midsummer rates (July through Labor Day) are: $39 per nine walking; $59 per 18 walking. Carts are $10 for nine; $20 for 18.


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