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Continued: Meadowbrook, Hiawatha golf courses now giant water hazards

  • Article by: LIZ SAWYER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 10, 2014 - 5:54 AM

Waders needed

About 10 miles away, Meadowbrook looks practically deserted. Since it closed shop three weeks ago, the course has only welcomed a handful of people a day, said Schmidt.

The indoor staff — primarily college students — was let go as soon as operations ceased, leaving Schmidt.

Golfers could potentially play three holes on the course, Schmidt said, but would likely need waders to find their golf balls in the deep pools of water. Pumps are trying to pull water out of basements in million-dollar homes surrounding the course, but empty out into the existing “lakes” on the green.

Meadowbrook first suffered damage five weeks ago, when three of the holes became submerged. But the club was able to work around it for awhile, charging golfers who played a round of 15 the rate charged for a round of nine holes, Schmidt said.

Now Schmidt spends much of his time answering calls from regulars asking when the course will reopen and greeting those who just show up at the clubhouse expecting to play.

“People come and it’s unfortunate because I have to turn them away,” he said.

 

Liz Sawyer • 612-673-4648





 

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