Area courses open just in time for Play Golf Minnesota Week

Many St. Croix Valley golf courses have opened or are scheduled to open this weekend, including Loggers Trail Golf Club, above.

Many St. Croix Valley golf courses have opened or are scheduled to open this weekend, including Loggers Trail Golf Club, above.

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

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