One of Sioux Falls' most popular golf courses will be undergoing some major renovations starting next week.
The East 9 at Elmwood Golf Course is going to be shut down in what will be the first phase of a three-year project. The good news is until that's complete, golfers have a chance to swing into some big savings.
The East 9 on the Elmwood Golf Course is *not up to par right now.
"We didn't know today it would be quite like this," Elton Byre said.
Byre and Dallas VandenBos are trying to squeeze in a round of golf before the East 9 is torn up next week.
The fairways look dry for a reason.
"We've taken some roundup to help with construction when it starts, having the turf dead is better for that," Elmwood Golf official Tom Jansa said.
"We knew this was going to be the last week to play out here, but we didn't know they were going to spray to do the fairways," VandenBos said.
The reason fairways are being ripped up, is to make room for runways as part of the Sioux Falls Regional Airport's expansion plan. It's also a good chance to improve play here by improving the course.
"That's the idea, obviously we wouldn't be doing it if we didn't think it's going to be a significant improvement," Jansa said.
The project will take three seasons to complete, closing nine holes at a time.
"Each of the renovations will take a year, we'll close here in September and do the renovations and seed in the spring and be ready to open the new nine holes next September," Jansa said.
Because the fairways are dead, Elmwood is giving golfers a break, charging them only half price.
"That was a surprise to us, but we didn't turn it down," Byre said.
Although hitting a ball on dead grass is a bit different, these golfers don't mind. .
"I'm blaming the course on my game today, it's too dry and hard, it's a good excuse," Byre said.
To commemorate the last day of play, Elmwood will have special events for everyone who plays the East 9, with closest to the pin, long drive, and long putt contests all day Monday, September 2.
They will take reservations on the East 9 for this final day of play, but there will still be room for walk on play. Call 605-367-7092 for your East 9 tee time on Monday, September 2.