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The green isn't quite "green" yet. The grass is all still sort of yellow-brown and dead, but many golf courses around the area are prepping to open soon and some already have golfers teeing up.   

"Smashing it on the green and then putting it in the hole," said four year old golfer Jase Hawk. He said that's his favorite part about golfing. 

He's been waiting all winter to get out on the green. 

"The boy has been asking for months now to come out and today was about the first day, first of all places that were open and second of all that the weather was somewhat decent," said Jase's Dad Ryan Hawk.

It's not quite the perfect conditions yet. The ground is still frozen and the wind is making it a little chilly.

But for Red Hawk Golf and Learning Center, conditions are good enough. They opened a week earlier than normal, helping stir crazy golfers pull out their clubs for the first time this year.

Getting the course ready took just a few weeks. 

"The biggest thing is just picking up sticks and things like that," said PGA Professional at Red Hawk Golf Brant McGivern. "The grass isn't growing yet so there's not a whole lot to mow and things like that. Just picking up sticks and getting the holes cut. That was the hardest part. The ground is still frozen, trying to get the cups cut in the greens."

McGivern said the heavy amounts of snow this winter actually were good for the green. The snow insulated the grass, preventing damage and now the warm up in the temps means it's time for high school golfer David Cooke to start warming up his swings.

It's his first day back at the clubhouse this season and he's getting in the mindset to compete.

"Usually you want to start in the middle of March, but since it's been so cold and so much snow it's been pretty hard for us golfers to start golfing," said Cooke. "The ground's hard and it's dry and windy. But, it's warm enough to get outside and swing the club so I'm taking it."

But, the weather still needs to warm up a little more before course officials will be able to know for sure whether their irrigation system was hurt by the cold during the harsh winter. Once the ground starts warming up, they'll be able to test it to see if any pipes were damaged. 

McGivern said while no one wants to have to deal with that issue, with our winters here in the QCA damage may be "par" for the course.

The other Davenport public golf courses, Duck Creek and Emeis will be open this Wednesday. 

The Arsenal Island Golf Course was one of a handful around here that opened this weekend.

 

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