The 2005 golf season is upon the Brainerd lakes area with five courses already open and more opening this weekend.
The upcoming season is ripe with change, including a new name for the former Mille Lacs Golf Resort. The course south of Garrison is now Hardwoods Golf Club at Mille Lacs Golf Resort and Marina.
The season also marks the end of an era. For the first time in many years a Laimer will not be in charge of the Ruttger's clubhouse.
Former Ruttger's head professional Bill Laimer is now at Cedar Creek Golf Course in Albertville. It was a move many anticipated as it brings him closer to his home.
Taking Laimer's place is Greg Snow, who had been the assistant professional at Ruttger's for four years.
Also making news is the Little Falls Country Club and the future of the 18-hole, city-owned course. The city of Little Falls is in negotiations with Tradition Golf. The company operates the Legends Club in Prior Lake and Territory Golf Club (formally the Fairways) in St. Cloud.
The biggest story of the season will be how the closing of Pine Meadows in Baxter affects area courses. How will Brainerd/Baxter's loss of a golf course affect the golfing public, and what will other courses do to welcome the displaced members of one of the area's oldest courses?
JEREMY MILLSOP can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5856.
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