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Northland Country Club prepares for Saturday opening of golf course

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DULUTH, MN-- Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz followed suit Friday with neighboring state Wisconsin, lifting some restrictions when it comes to the state's "Stay at Home" order.

That includes allowing golf courses to open statewide.

It's major news for those ready to get outdoors and hit the links. As the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping most people inside some are ready for some fresh air.

"The whole crew, everyone here was very excited," said Darrin Bell, General Manager of Northland Country Club and Regional Manager of Hampton Golf.

The Governor's order -- a huge relief for the members of Northland Country Club in Duluth. Bell said 310 members of 409 are members for golf.

"This will be a great reprieve to get out there in the open air and get some exercise and do what they love. They love to golf," said Bell.

Though the course is opening it's not without some new cleaning guidelines.

The General Manager said, "There will be sanitization of range balls sanitizing the carts when we do put carts on the course.

And of course the enforcement of social distancing. "We will separate T-times, limit it to four people in a group, if we were using carts it would be one person per-cart unless they came from the same household."

The opening allows the country club to bring back 25-full time staff members who had been previously laid-off.

Bell said, "The staff we do bring on will watch a COVID-19 video how to keep themselves safe, how to keep others safe."

The course's opening was originally going to be next week but will now be Saturday due to popular demand.

"We're just very thankful to be able to get the course open and keep everyone safe. That's the number one priority," Bell stresses.

Northland Country Club is a private golf course.

We reached out to Enger and Lester public courses in Duluth and have not heard back on an opening date.

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