MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -
Golfers are getting their clubs ready for the start of the season.
"Finally we're getting out," said Don Salzman of Rib Mountain.
Courses, including Rib Mountain Golf Course, are open for the season. Owners there say the snowy winter made perfect conditions for the greens this spring.
"We like it when there's a full snow cover all winter,” said Mike Oliva, the co-owner of Rib Mountain Golf Course. “So that's helpful for your greens to come through the winter."
They say the snow kept the courses alive.
"If they get opened up and it's real cold, it can kind of kill the grass," said Oliva.
Now, all that's left are some finishing touches.
"A lot of raking and just sprucing up and getting the carts ready to go," said Oliva.
Rib Mountain Golf Course isn't the only course hoping the snowy cover will help them this season. Greenwood Hills in Wausau is almost ready to open.
"We're starting off on the right foot," said Scott Sann, the golf course superintendent. "We didn't have any major thaws where ice built up, so this is actually going to be one of the best seasons we've had."
Managers say golfers can't wait to hit the course.
"The phones have been ringing off the hook,” said Sann. “Members have been walking in and out of the clubhouse getting ready."
He says they are ready to get rid of that cabin fever and take a swing on the course.
"I think it's like walking through a hot desert and getting a cool drink of water,” said Sann. “I think people are ready to just be outside."
"It's been a long winter and they're finally getting there,” said Salzman. “Thank heaven, we're getting closer."
Owners at Rib Mountain Golf Course say leagues at the course will also begin this weekend for people to join. Greenwood Hills opens for the season Saturday.