Tomorrow is a big day for golf in the Magic City -- or more specifically, young golfers.
Just in time for the end of the school year the Jack Hoeven Wee Links golf course is set to re-open following a long post-flood build-back.
Perry Olson checked out the course this week...with some help from a guy who might get a round or two in there this summer!
The grass has been cut...the pins are placed...and golf -- for the kids...
...is back in the Magic City -- Saturday morning.
(Steve Kottsick - Souris Valley GC Professional) "This is the start to a new beginning...we can get the kids back out here and they can have some fun and get outside and enjoy the golf course."
The Jack Hoeven Wee Links Course has been rebuilt after the flood...and it is time to play. I had my three year old son Calvin out recently giving it a test run...
(Calvin Olson - Perry's Son) "The green is over there and the flag is over there!"
And this is exactly what this course is all about -- teaching kids a game they can play and enjoy their entire lifetime.
(Steve Kottsick - Souris Valley GC Professional) "If you can see these kids out here smiling and having a good time...that is worth it right there."
To say Calvin loves the game of golf would be an understatement...
(Calvin) "I have got to concentrate where you want the ball to go...aim...and then hit the ball!
...and now kids like him have a place to develop that love, or discover it...
(Calvin) "I am getting up to the green and hitting it to the flag!"
Kottsick says the course is perhaps opening up to play a week or so early based on the conditions -- but he doesn't care! He simply wants kids to get out as soon as possible to swing, and Wee Links is specifically made for them.
(Steve Kottsick - Souris Valley GC Professional) "Well Perry, you've got long legs but the kids have short legs and the holes are about 100 yards long and it isn't so intimidating. It is kid's place."
(Calvin) "I am going to putt the ball..."
Parents can play right along with their youngsters...teaching them the game -- and maybe learning a thing or two as well!
(Calvin) "I got it! Yea!!"
Like how to enjoy the game!
(Calvin) "That was fun!"
Something tells me I'll be spending some time here this summer -- and that's time well spent. At the Jack Hoeven Wee Links in Minot,
"You got it!"
"Yea for Daddy!"
and Calvin Olson...KX News.
Play is cheap to make sure kids can play -- just one dollar a round and fifty cents to rent clubs, but Kottsick does say they will never turn a child away who wants to play but can't pay.
The course opens tomorrow morning -- with an official grand opening set for June 1st.