By Kate Raddatz

FARMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) – The wait is almost over for golfers. Some courses around the metro area will be open for business this weekend.

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After months of playing indoors, golfer Rick John couldn’t be happier to get back out on the fairways.

“It’s been a long time, I’m getting ready for some golf,” John said. “I’ve been hitting the golf dome quite a bit this year. It’s about time.”

Southern Hills Golf Course in Farmington opens Saturday. According to Nate Cardin, the club’s director of golf, the sign-up sheet for tee times went online for members on Wednesday afternoon. Within six hours, they were booked.

“We already had roughly 150 to 170 players that had signed up online,” Cardin said. “We kind of had an idea that we were going to be busy. We had no idea we were going to be that overwhelmed with tee times.”

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Golfer Claude Leroux is one of those very anxious players.

“Well finally the weather is good. And then I saw you could register online, I was pretty excited,” Leroux said.

Most golf courses around the Twin Cities will need an extra week to open to in order to get rid of snow on the course and allow the ground to thaw.

Courses are opening much later compared to last year, when many of the courses opened around mid-March.

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Click here to see a list of all the open courses and driving ranges.

Kate Raddatz