It is arriving later than most years in the St. Croix Valley, but several area golf courses have or will be opening for play this weekend. The course openings are just in time for the 7th Annual Play Golf Minnesota Week, which kicks off on Saturday and continues through May 5 with a variety of activities scheduled — weather permitting, of course.
As part of Play Golf Minnesota Week, Tanners Brook near Forest Lake is allowing kids to play free with a paid adult while Oak Marsh in Oakdale is offering reduced rates Saturday through May 5. On Sunday, kids can play free (one child per adult) with a paid adult green fee after 2 p.m. Goodrich Golf Club in Maplewood is offering $19 green fees (walking) after 1 p.m., for anyone who mentions Play Golf Minnesota.
Many other courses are offering discounted green fees and other specials, including free club fittings. For more information, check out www.playgolfminnesota.com.
The 7th Annual Junior Girls Clinic will be held on Sunday at Rush Creek Golf Club and the 3rd Annual PGA Junior Golf Summit is scheduled for Chaska Town Course on Saturday, May 4.
Many area golf courses are open or will be soon. Some may not have both nines open and others might have cart restrictions to start the year, so eager players are encouarged to call ahead to confirm they are open. Listed below are the anticipated opening dates for area golf courses according to the Minnesota Golf Association:
Afton Alps open
Applewood Hills Saturday, April 27
The Badlands TBA
Bristol Ridge open
Chisago Lakes Saturday, April 27
Clifton Highlands Saturday, April 27
Clifton Hollow open
Eagle Valley open
Goodrich Saturday, April 27
Hudson GC open
Kilkarney Hills open
Loggers Trail Saturday, April 27
Manitou Ridge Saturday, April 27
New Richmond TBA
Oak Glen open
Oak Marsh open
Oneka Ridge open
Pheasant Hills TBA
Prestwick Sunday, April 28
River Falls GC TBA
Sawmill Saturday, April 27
St. Croix National Saturday, April 27
StoneRidge Friday, May 3
Tanners Brook Saturday, April 27
Tartan Park Friday, May 3
Troy Burne TBA
White Eagle TBA