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March 30, 2013

Long winter slows the start of golf season

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“Last year was probably the best year on record and this March is probably one of the worst on record, but what can you expect when you’re in Michigan?” he said.

Although courses could open earlier in 2012 because of warm March weather, the cold that followed in April and May did more harm than good for some courses, such as Falcon Head Golf Club in Big Rapids.

Falcon Head owner Tim Dawkins said he brought his staff back early last year, only to have them sit idle when the temperature dropped.

“I would rather see a gradual spring,” Dawkins said. “The early spring was nice but it didn’t stay that way — it got cold, rainy, windy and miserable. Contrary to what most people think, it wasn’t a banner.”

With snow still on his fairways, Dawkins is concerned he won’t be able to open until mid-April.

“There are only so many days to make money in this business each year,” he said.

Kyle Campbell writes for Michigan State University’s Capital News Service.

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