Late-Season Snow, Heavy Rain Delay Golf Course Openings

May 9, 2013; 11:12 AM ET
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Late season snow covers the greens at Pine Valley. Photo courtesy of Pine Valley taken on April 4th

A cold, snowy and rainy start to spring in the Plains and Upper Midwest has caused delayed openings for some golf courses.

The Pine Valley Golf Course, located in Marathon, Wis., opened for the season on April 26.

"This year's opening was our latest opening ever," said Ryan Wendorf, Pine Valley's Head Golf Professional.

Wendorf said the delay in opening was due to snow still being on the course. "North of us, there is still 10 inches of snow on the ground."

The closest weather reporting site to the course is in Wausau. Snowfall there measured 78.8 inches between Oct. 1 and May 1, 2013. Normal snowfall during that time-frame is 59.4 inches.

In Illinois, the Deer Park County Club experienced similar issues. "We opened two weeks later this year than last year, " said J.T. Thompson, Head Golf Professional.

Thompson said the delayed opening was somewhat snow related and somewhat rain related. "Since opening, we have had to close off and on due to rain."

So far this year, Thompson said the course has suffered a loss of about 1,500 rounds of golf due to the weather.

Total precipitation, about 20 miles away at the Marsailles weather reporting site, was 29.32 inches between Oct. 1 and May 1, 2013. This figure is about 156 percent of their normal precipitation.

A recorded message at the Erin Hills Golf Resort in Erin, Wis., stated they will open for the season on Thursday, May 9.

Their nearest weather reporting site in Milwaukee recorded 22.4 inches of precipitation during the period of Oct. 1 to May 1, 2013. Normal precipitation at the site is 16.85.

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