We played our first round of the year at Willingers in Northfield and the changes are already apparent (at least off the course). As we reported last year, there is a new management team in place, a new logo and new clubhouse construction. The construction isn’t quite done yet–the pro shop has moved downstairs under the old deck, but the upstairs renovations aren’t ready yet (should be another few weeks). I peeked in the window and it looks like they are bringing some of the look of Legends Club down to Northfield.
The course itself was in good early-season condition and the weather was crazy: cold, gusty winds gave way to brief hail, then sunshine, then a quick warm-up to the low eighties with humidity. Only in Minnesota!
We had a Willingers “virgin” in our group, which I always find entertaining. He commented on how difficult the course is, even from the whites. Thinking through the holes, the only real let-up is on hole number five. Every other hole has trouble of one sort or another. Gill Miller did such a great job on this course.
I played OK, hitting three of four par threes, but I didn’t have the slower early season greens figured out and had a handful of three-putts. Nothing scheduled yet for this week, but it is the Minnesota Golf Opener. More on that soon…Originally published by DK on April 22, 2007 at 4:42 pm