After more than ten days away, I was very pleased to return today to a northern Minnesota with much less snow and ice. I grabbed the camera and took a stroll around The Wilderness at Fortune Bay and stopped in to chat with GM Tom Beaudry. Green covers are scheduled to start coming off on Wednesday, with a tentative course opening in 3-4 weeks.
Some sections of the course look incredible already, with several fairways still showing their mowing stripes from last season and many tee boxes looking pristine and ready for play. There is a lot of snow and water in spots, however, and I saw a fair amount of snow mold in the rough. Almost all water features are still frozen too.
The forecast this week calls for one more warm, sunny day tomorrow, then lows drop back into the mid-20s the rest of the week.Originally published by DK on April 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm