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All city golf courses open for business

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Yahara Hills Golf Course opened on Wednesday, it's the last of the four city courses to start the season.

“This course stays a little bit wetter so it took a little bit longer to dry out,” said Ian Nicoll, the golf program supervisor.

Nicoll says business is already booming. And even though in years past, the course has opened even later in April, this winter did run in to golf season.

“We're anxious but like anyone else, it's been a tough, long winter and everybody, including us, are excited to get outside and start doing our work,” said Trygve Ekern, the golf course superintendent.

A late start to the golf season is good news for one local business that lets golfers practice their swing even in the snow.

“It can be 10, 15 degrees and we'll have people out in t-shirts,” said Joel Weitz, with Vitense Golfland.

Vitense Golfland has a heated outdoor driving range open year round.

“ The motivator of an outdoor golf range, the true benefit is to see the ball fly. all the way from impact through ball flight, we think that's really important,” Weitz said.

The Madison Memorial High School boys golf team starts their season at the heated range at the end of March.

“ It's nice to get them out, hitting golf balls,” said Tim Byrne, the team coach. “Even if we can't get on the course it's nice to work on some golf mechanics and just get them used to hitting the ball again.”

Weitz says the range still sees strong turnout in the warmer months, as golfers practice their game in between rounds on the course.

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