Devastation, it's the word that the entire Town of Neepawa used when they were severely affected by a massive rainstorm. At the Neepawa Golf & Country Club, it forced the Club to close its doors while crews worked to get the course back into playing shape.
After closing on June 29, Neepawa was able to open the back 9 for public play on Saturday, July 11. However, the front nine still remained closed due to the flood.
It does now look like there is some more light at the end of the tunnel as Landon Cameron has confirmed that the front 9 has now opened for play.
"We played men's league on it earlier this week as a test run and it seemed to go okay," said Cameron. "There are a lot of damaged areas that are being re-seeded so we have some strict cart rules in place. It's been a long road already and that road continues, but we're very excited to offer players the opportunity to play on the front."
There will be some changes. Number 2 will now play as a 165-yard par 3 instead of a 385-yard par 4. The green on number 9 was lost and re-seeding was required. As a result, the hole has been shortened to a par 4 instead of a par 5. A temporary green is being used.
"It's actually pretty incredible how well the temporary green is," said Cameron. "It played just like our normal greens so that's kudos to our grounds crew."
Cameron said the fact that the grounds crew was able to get the front 9 in playable shape this quickly is borderline a miracle.
"They've worked day and night to get it ready, if they aren't the top grounds crew in western Canada, they're right near the top," ended Cameron.
You can book your tee times today by calling 204-476-5711.