Golf is back in Minnesota, and its rugged, rabid golfers are loving it

By Michael Bamberger,

5 May 2020

The most fervent golfers in this country are found in Minnesota. Some might make the case for Wisconsin, but golfers in the North Star State are downright rabid. The 84-day season might have something to do with it.

Then came this year. The winter had weirdly little snowfall. Mike Miller, a 59-year-old public-course golfer who lives in Eden Prairie, near Minneapolis, was excited for spring. He’s retired from the banana importing and distribution business and now works on a pro bono basis at a PGA Tour Superstore. He and his buddies were actually playing golf in early March this year. Unheard of! Mike and his buddy Jeff know what it’s like to play through an October snow. This year, they were living large and loving life.

Then came the plague. Courses were closed by gubernatorial decree. March turned into April. For six long weeks, Mike and his golf friends would drive by playable courses and look at them with longing eyes.

Then, without warning or preamble, came a proclamation on April 17: With safety restrictions in place, courses could open the next day. Mike was ready to go. He’s logged seven rounds since then.

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