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Old Country Club Nearing Opening

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The site of the old Minot Country Club between Minot and Burlington is coming back to life...and soon the sounds of golf will be heard there again.

Four investors purchased the property and the restoration of the 18 hole course is nearly complete.

As Perry Olson shows us, the Vardon Club -- as it is now known -- is almost ready to welcome people back...and do so in a condition that it hasn't been at in years.

The rebuild from the flood here west of Minot has been long and hard

(Todd Lee - Vardon Club PGA Professional) "A little over a year ago at this time there wasn't a blade of grass out here."

...but the finish line is in site, and tee times are about to be taken again...the Vardon Club is almost ready for play...

(Todd Lee - Vardon Club PGA Professional) "It has been an amazing transformation what they have done in the past 12-13 months. If you look around here now it is looking like it is ready to go and we are pretty close."

They -- are Bruce Ruppert and his small crew of grounds workers who have taken a flooded piece of property that went through this just two years ago...and transformed it into a course that will stand out once again in the state.

(Todd Lee - Vardon Club PGA Professional) "I am excited that there were four individuals that took the task that we would come back to where it is. There aren't too many prettier places around than right here."

The property went through some changes. Gone is the big clubhouse...but the pro shop is being rebuilt now and will be ready to go soon. On the course, the green on the par 3 15th has moved left...11 was lengthened...17 has a new green again. They were changes that perhaps were desired years ago...the flood just provided an opportunity to make them. That can be said for plenty here...

(Todd Lee - Vardon Club Head Professional) "We were just getting to the point where some of the fairways needed to be replaced and really the only way to do that and truly re-seed greens and fairways is to close for a year."

The time to be closed is coming to an end though. Rain this year has pushed back the opening long enough...the hope it to be going in just a few weeks time at the new Vardon Club. Perry Olson, KX News.

The Vardon Club will be a public course for the rest of 2013...and a decision on the public-private question will be made in the off-season.

The hope is to be open for play early next month.

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