The first day of spring may have been more than a month ago, but it’s hard to tell at the Glenwood Golf Course.
Usually scattered with duffers this time of year, the typically thriving course is empty. The course temporarily closed its doors April 19 to deal with several green and maintenance issues and doesn’t plan to re-open until May 26.
The course’s membership and board of directors met April 18, and at that meeting the membership asked the course leadership to close the course down for at least a month to refurbish several greens that are in unplayable shape, said board president Loren Sorensen.
“Basically it’s the greens right now,” Sorensen said. “They’re in poor condition. The membership asked us to shut it down for a month and get it fixed. So we’re going to shut it down and see if we can’t get things back up.”
Sorensen said at least nine greens are unplayable due to disease and grass problems from last year. Turf and chemical experts will begin immediately on repairing the greens.
The course’s hiatus means golf leagues, which were set to begin play Tuesday and an upcoming 4-H golf tournament had to be postponed. The Glenwood Community High School girls and boys golf teams, who call the Glenwood course home, also had to reschedule five meets that were to be played at the course.
Glenwood athletic director Scott Arkfeld said the course closing wasn’t ideal for an already jostled schedule due to a wet spring, but added the board has been open and honest with the golf program. The Glenwood girls are coached by Kathy Konigsmark and the boys are coached by Steve Sylvester.
“They (the coaches) know what spring is like with the weather, so they’re kind of used to it (changing schedules),” said Arkfeld. “We never have a schedule that works perfectly. Adjusting the schedule is part of it. Sure, they'd love to be practicing and playing there but that's not possible right now.”
In an April 19 letter to Arkfeld, Tim Reinert, a golf course board member, said a “severe fall and winter weather conditions...caused many problems that can only be fixed through temporarily closing the course for play and keeping golfers off the greens.”
As a concession, Reinert's letter said the high school teams can continue to use the driving range and the practice green by the clubhouse while the course is closed.
Arkfeld said he will seek a refund of a portion of the fees the Glenwood School District pays the course for use during the spring season.