Jim Meszaros is an avid golfer.
"I like to play 3 to 4 times a week," said Meszaros, as he tapped in his ball.
When Meadowbrook golf course was forced to close after the October 4th blizzard, his golfing had to be put on hold, but after eight days of cleanup, the course opened back up and now Meszaros and other avid golfers can get back to their hobby. "It just feels nice to come out and play golf and hit the ball. After the snow and the cold everyone's just been waiting," said Meszaros.
Many golf courses in KOTA Territory have been forced to close for cleanup. "I was just about ready to cry when I saw it all, I was pretty devastated," said Dick Novak, Arrowhead Country Club course superintendent.
Since the storm hit, he's been devoting his days to cleaning up the course. "We still have six holes closed, and I'm not sure when they'll open," said Novak. "We still, like I said, have a lot of cleanup down there, but getting 12 open is pretty good for us."
The closed holes Novak is referring to are the ones with hanging branches, they're a liability and a danger to golfers who play near them. "We just decided that we better get most of those off before we allowed any play," said Novak. "Then we can go as far as the cleanup with the stuff on the ground which is not too big of a deal." Cleanup crews have been working all day, every day to make sure the course is in the best possible condition.
The course closures have also had an affect on course revenues, for Meadowbrook a normal month would bring in around 3,000 rounds of golf, but this month is different. "I think we've done about 200 so far this month," said Doug Lowe, manager of Rapid City's Recreation Division. "So it's done quite a bit of damage."
Hanging branches are the main concern at Meadowbrook as well.
As the cleanup process continues, those affected by the damage are just trying to stay optimistic."You can't ever complain too much when you get moisture," said Novak. "So we'll take what we got, but the damage that came with it wasn't great."
Novak went on to say that outside cleanup crews were brought in to help them take out all the debris.