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Jeff Kolpack, Published May 07 2013

Edgewood Golf Course expected to be in good shape

FARGO – The Edgewood Golf Course driving range will be closed today so workers can remove the trap bags that were installed for flood protection. They never were needed, and the fact the Red River has receded at a fast pace has the head professional in a hopeful mood.

Greg McCullough said the goal is to get some holes open by next week. It’s a far cry from the 2009 flood that destroyed most of the course and the predictions last month of a similar-type 40-foot crest.

The Red River crested at just over 33 feet this year.

“No doubt about it,” McCullough said. “The speed at which the river has gone down has been a nice break.”

It appears the back nine holes are coming out of the flood in decent shape. The biggest concern is No. 8 green, which still has water on half of it. Water is off of the No. 9 green, the next-lowest putting surface, but that doesn’t mean all is well at this point.

“It’s still too early to talk about the damage that we have,” McCullough said. “That could take us another three or four days once we get everything cleaned off so we can see the damage.”

Work on removing the trap bags, which were placed on the west-bound lane of Golf Course Road, is expected to last into Thursday.

Not all flood preventative measures went smoothly. A permanent levy on the west side of the course developed a hole about 15 feet wide and 7 or 8 feet deep, McCullough said. It prevented staff from pumping water out of a bowl that makes up a majority of the front nine holes. It may not have mattered anyway.

“We’ve been lucky because the river has been going down so fast anyway that I don’t know if we could have pumped it out any faster than it was naturally going out,” McCullough said.

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