The first golfers of the day were just teeing off this morning when I called Leonard Country Club, a 45-minute drive from America’s Toughest Weather City.
Course GM Mike Pulczinski says he expects about 150 golfers to play today. He said the course hosted 50 golfers Saturday and Christmas Day.
The lack of snow in the region is not all that surprising, but considering temperatures (40 degrees now in Leonard at 10:30 a.m.) could reach 50 a day after Christmas is amazing.
It might not stop, either. Asked whether or not there’s a possibility the course could open again in January, Pulczinski said some golfers have asked him to host a tournament if the weather cooperates.
A quick look at the long-range forecast has 39 degrees in Leonard on New Year’s Eve day, but considering there’s a chance of snow three days next week, it might be tough to accommodate that request.
With family today, I would have jumped at the possibility to get my sticks out from the closet today and play there. (It’s extremely odd to get a text message from a co-worker on Christmas saying he has a 1:30 tee time while asking me to join him today.)
I last played a round Oct. 27 and I thought that was late. In my 31 years of playing golf, I don’t remember playing past Oct. 15. And here we are two months later and golfers in the F-M area can still get out for what could be, repeat could be, the last time today before spring.
Here’s a look at where the Bison will play for the national football championship in Frisco, Texas. Pizza Hut Park, which opened in 2005, is the home to FC Dallas of Major League Soccer.
Here’s also a link to a pdf with more images and renderings.
Pizza Hut Park before a Los Angeles Galaxy and FC Dallas match in 2007. Associated Press
The stadium later that night. Associated Press
It’s always worth a look after big-time games what other media types think of Fargo, especially if its their first visit.
So I checked this morning for some Fargo-related posts on themorningcall.com and Keith Groller, the senior sports writer and columnist who made the trip here from Pennsylvania, had plenty of good things to say about our (cold) neck of the woods.
But first things first, Keith. I couldn’t help but notice the photo in another posting of the thermometer at the Ramada reading 13 degrees. Please, please, puh-leeeze don’t show your friends that photo. You surely noticed the lack of snow so we sort of feel like a guy wearing a tank top at Kardashian wedding. Underdressed and extremely out of place. We’re really not showing off why we’re the third coldest city in the U.S., so sorry about that.
We in Fargo take pride in having our cold and snow on the same plate. Did I fail to mention that twice in the past 24 hours, TWO different people happened to mention golf to me? Yeah, not golf as in buying a new driver for Christmas, but they wanted to play! It’s Dec. 12 for cryin’ out loud.
But we’re glad you made it to the mall and checked out the fine food court. Between you and me, if they keep squeezing in that kids’ play room, there’d better be a Plan B when my 3-year-old decides the corridor is a 100-meter sprint lane. The kid needs space.
So we appreciate all the good things you shared with your readers. Just save the 13 degrees photo for January. We’ll need it then.