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'Crazy spring' keeps golf courses waiting to open

11:12 PM, Apr. 16, 2013
Idlewild Golf Course in Nasewaupee, and many other courses throughout the county, were covered with snow as recently as Monday.
Idlewild Golf Course in Nasewaupee, and many other courses throughout the county, were covered with snow as recently as Monday.
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Area golf-course operators admit they were spoiled last year by an early spring that allowed many of them to open for play in mid-March. But this year, they can't seem to catch a break from Mother Nature.

Snow and colder-than-normal temperatures have delayed the start of the golf season, and some Door County courses aren't expecting to open until later this month or early May.

"This spring has been a disaster," said Tom Schmelzer, owner of 27 Pines Golf Course south of Sturgeon Bay. "Last year at this time, we had more than 100 rounds played. It's not good. It's been a bugger." ...

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