Cold Start For Golf

1 decade 6 months 1 week ago Thursday, April 12 2007 Apr 12, 2007 Thursday, April 12, 2007 9:52:59 PM CDT April 12, 2007 in News

Only occasional swings break the rustling of leaves at Lake of the Woods Golf Course in Columbia. For employees, it's a little too quiet.

Richard Cole has been with Columbia Parks and Recreation for 30 years now, and says the chill freezes more than plants.

"It really does cut down on the amount of play, which really does affect our 12 month projected revenue," he said.

A daring few brave the winds to chip and putt.

"Where we may have 150 golfers each day, it'll cut it down to 30-40," Cole said.

Spring maintenance stood still, closing holes and rescheduling tournaments.

"You know, when we get this kind of stuff it's frustrating," said Cole.

Work groundskeepers hoped to do weeks ago just got done today.

"We could have been open this morning, but because work spilled over, we stayed closed."

The maintenance cut staff hours.

"For them, it's been a hardship, especially coming off this winter," said Andrew Baier, also of Columbia Parks and Rec.

Baier worries recreational golfers will stay home, thinking they already missed too much of the season.

"They might say, maybe this year I won't play, since their game isn't up," he said.

Baier says everybody's in the same rough, at least until it warms up. Both Columbia courses will stay open and greens are ready for the summer. While fairways don't look great right now, employees say with some warm weather and sunshine they'll snap right back.

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