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Golf course slated to open Saturday

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With a mild winter and an earlier-than-usual spring, the Kitchen Creek Golf Course is slated to open for the season Saturday at 10 a.m. (weather permitting).

“The greens are in fabulous shape,” club pro Gord Workum enthused this morning. “The fairways have some low or soft spots that we would like people to make sure to avoid but the course is in great shape.”

Even so, motorized carts will not be allowed on the course this weekend.

And metal spikes won’t be allowed on the course once again, stressed Workum, following last year’s rule of allowing only soft spikes.

“All the courses are [banning metal spikes],” he said. “I used to think metal spikes were comfortable but then I found these are even more comfortable.”

Workum said soft spikes go a long way towards keeping the greens in good shape, as well as the carpets inside the clubhouse and the motorized carts.

In other news, Workum said Kitchen Creek has seen a steady stream of memberships this year, including 50 new ones, and expected even more to register by tomorrow’s early-bird deadline.

Early-bird memberships (before April 15) cost $410 for adults. It jumps to $450 after that date.

Memberships cost $230 for university students (aged 19-25), $170 for juniors (14-18), and $125 for juveniles (13 and under).

Workum said he doesn’t expect the number of green fees to decline this season because International Falls has expanded its course to 18 holes.

In fact, he said the area will benefit from having two “quality” courses.

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