Cloquet Country Club staff and volunteers took the covers off the greens on March 28, about two to three weeks earlier than normal.
“They were, knock on wood, immaculate … not a blemish on them,” said course Superintendent Jud Crist. “They came through the winter just great. The snow and ice and other weather cooperated perfectly.”
I walked the 6-9th holes at CCC on Friday and there was still some stingy snow in sand traps and along some tree lines that are in the shade. But, plans still call for the driving range to open on Tuesday and the course to open Friday. Staff and volunteers have been busy removing brush, dead trees and buckthorn between holes 6 and 7 and 17. Wow, it looks very impressive, and looks like the Masters pine groves.
There also has to be plenty of excitement at the Rugged Spruce (formerly 29 Pines) Golf Club in Mahtowa and the Big Lake Golf Resort (10 miles west of Cloquet) as they open the 2021 golf season under new management. Undoubtedly, there is a huge learning curve understanding what it takes to get the facilities and course primed for anxious golfers, but I’m sure they’ll be beautiful and ready.