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Golf courses counting down the end of winter

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - Golfers need much warmer weather and green grass to tee off. With this year's winter, when that will happen is anyone's guess. 

"I have no idea. I mean it's a guessing game," says Todd Goska, owner of Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Ridges Golf Course is blanketed with snow and looks more like a ski mountain. Owner Todd Goska says he's not worried about any damage having occurred. He says snow actually helps the course.

"We had a foot of snow for insulation. Then we got a little rain that didn't matter. Obviously we've had a lot of snow. So as far as the grass being insulated. We should come out, knock on wood, we should come out great," says Goska.

But, the owner says his course is not out of harm's way yet.

Goska says,"Sometimes what happens is you get rain, it forms into ice and then you get snow. The ice stops the oxygen from the grass getting oxygen and then it's a big issue."

Goska says he has no plans to do anything to the course other than let the sun melt the snow. As for opening day, Goska and his workers write down when they think the course will open. One worker is pessimistic, predicting a June opening. The owner is much more optimistic.

"My guess is if we can open by the Masters which is August, I mean April 10th through the 13th. I would love that but I have no idea," Goska said.

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