Warm weather has kept central Wisconsin golf courses busy this year, but employees at one club in Minocqua say the weather also creates competition.
Minocqua resident Doug Martin tees up at Timber Ridge Golf Club every day.
"Probably because my dad played golf and took me and my brother out there. Just enjoyed it ever since," he said.
He told Newsline 9 his best rounds end with a 68, and Timber Ridge Golf Pro Jerry Collins said that's right around the perfect temperature to attract golfers to the green.
The unusually warm spring meant play started March 23rd this year. "And that's the earliest Timer Ridge has ever been open," he said.
"It's probably the warmest summer I can ever remember up here," Martin said.
But warm weather also presents a challenge for gold course employees, especially at courses like Timber Ridge that are right next to a chain of lakes.
"When we've had a nice warm summer like we've had, we see a lot of people boating and doing some of the water sports and stuff," Collins said.
That means sometimes the fairways are almost empty. To keep people coming back, courses offer discounts and special activities. Despite the heat, Collins said the club is on track to have a good year.
"Our play is up from last year, I think a lot of that is from the early spring."
Timber Ridge leaders hope to keep the course open through October, but the length of the season depends on mother nature.
More snow, freezing rain, sleet, and wind on the way.
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