Traverse City Record-Eagle

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April 23, 2013

Finally, golfers take their cuts

TRAVERSE CITY — Jim Apsey couldn't wait.

The superintendent at Mistwood Golf Course enjoyed the best day of spring Monday, playing a round of golf on the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa's Spruce Run course.

Spruce Run opened Sunday, one of the few northern Michigan courses open for business right now.

"It was great to see the ball fly," he said.

About 25 percent of Mistwood is still snow covered, Apsey said.

"We're hoping to get nine holes open by Friday," he said.

Several area courses are also shooting for a Friday opening. Elmbrook opened Monday, in time to host a high school jamboree.

Tom McGee, director of golf operations at Grand Traverse Resort, said about 60 golfers played Spruce Run on Sunday and more than 70 Monday.

"They (golfers) were chomping at the bit," he said.

Despite a cold, wet spring, McGee said the Resort is only about a week or two behind its typical opening day.

"We got spoiled last year when we opened in March," he said.

Sean Ronan, Terry Whann and Gail Larkin were among those to play Sunday and Monday.

"I played all winter in Florida, but playing your own course is always better," Ronan said. "I live on The Bear. I'm anxious to get on that. That's the course I love."

McGee said The Bear and Wolverine are expected to open Thursday. Spruce Run and the Wolverine will be in play this weekend when the Resort hosts the 36-team Traverse City Tee-Off Invitational.

Golfers called course conditions on Spruce Run "surprisingly" good considering the recent weather.

"It was a little soggy in spots, but real good overall with all the snow and rain we've had," Ronan said.

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