For golfing enthusiasts in Minot and the surrounding area, the grass is getting considerably greener.
The Minot Country Club officially broke ground this week on a new course, more holes should be opened today at the Souris Valley Golf Course and the Vardon Golf Club is scheduled to open for play on Aug. 3 at the location of the former Minot Country Club west of Minot.
Golfers have been searching the area for opportunities to play since the Souris River flood of 2011 wiped out the Country Club and heavily damaged a large part of Souris Valley. Many golfers have driven to other cities, including Bismarck, simply to play a round of golf. This week's announcements will change that in the immediate future, and for the longterm, as well.
The new Country Club course will be located south of 37th Avenue Southeast of Minot. Club president Doug Larson said the goal of finding 200 new members has been met, the land has been purchased, a reliable water source has been secured and the group's financing is in place. The new club is scheduled to be open for play in the spring of 2015.
We recognize that there are more important things than area golf courses recovering from the flood of 2011. Some residents are still struggling to replace or repair their homes and businesses. Some will never recover. But every facet of life that returns post-flood is a significant step in Minot's ongoing flood recovery process, and that includes the reopening of a golf course, and the groundbreaking for an entirely new course.