Warm, dry winter driving in business at local golf courses

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Updated: 2/18/2014 5:54 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- This warm, dry winter isn't ideal for skiers and snowboarders, but it's not too bad for golfers.

While the conditions aren't perfect, the higher than average temperatures are helping golfers get into the swing of things earlier this year.

"It's amazing," said Washoe Golf Course Pro Shop Assistant Adam Frisch. "When it's cold and wet nobody wants to come out and play."
Frisch said this time of year they usually see 20-30 golfers a day.

"We've been averaging 50-100 players a day, depending on the weather, but it's been up and moving every day," Frisch said.

In Sparks Wild Creek Golf Course is seeing a similar trend. 

"We've pretty much doubled our numbers in the month of January," said Wildcreek head Golf Pro Eric Huzarski. 

Huzarski said the dry weather could hurt their long game. 

"It's kind of a double-edged sword," he said. "We get a little revenue out here, but it's going to be a little tougher in the spring time, the course is going to struggle a little bit because we haven't had the moisture that we need."
Washoe has a limited water supply, so Frisch is hoping for some more rain or snow. 

"It takes a lot of water to water this golf course, so if we don't have it we're not going to have the green lush golf course that everybody wants to play on," Frisch said.

In the meantime they said golfers should get out and enjoy the spring-like weather while still getting winter rates, but you'll neeed to adjust your game.

"The ground is harder, it's not as soft, so you have to play a running shot," Frisch said.

"Your drives are going to be a little bit longer and your greens are going to be a little bit firmer, so take that into account as you're playing your shots out there," Huzarski said.

If you'd like to hit the course before spring, Wildcreek offers rates as low as $25 for some golfers and Washoe's winter rate is $35 including a cart.
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