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Golf courses opening but city parks not quite ready for play


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A morning frost delay is nothing compared to three feet of snow and below zero temps.

"I've been waiting for this since the first snow fall," said Christopher Plog. "It's a day that all golfers wait for."

On Wednesday Mill Run was the first area course to open up, much to the delight of golfers.

"I'm extremely happy and extremely excited it's been such a long winter and to just be outside is amazing," said Carter Barstad.

"It's just fun to see everybody come out and no one really cares what they shoot right now," said Head Golf Professional Jim Buyze. "Everyone's just happy to be out here and it gets pretty lonely around here during the winter so it's nice to have people here and have people around us."

With happy golfers hitting the links others are anxious to get on the city's soccer, baseball and football fields.

"We get calls from sports teams almost daily here giving them updates on the fields and they're not all the same some fields are drying out faster than others," said Park Maintenance Manager Dave Bohlinger.

So while golfers have been given the go-ahead others will have to settle for practice swings.

"With the warm air it's deceiving," said Bohlinger. "The frost isn't out of the ground yet. When you see puddles disappear that's an indication that the frost is gone but what we're seeing in the morning is all of these fields are still glazed and that tells us the frost is still in the ground."

The city will update park conditions on its Facebook page, Hickory Hills, Wild Ridge, Mill Run and Princeton Valley golf courses will all be open tomorrow.

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