LF golf course opens, Council approves a few rate increases

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
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Justin Piotrowski, left, watches as his golf partner, Erik Hedman prepares to hit his first shot at the Little Falls Golf Course opening day, Wednesday. Both are Little Falls Community High School graduates.

The Little Falls Country Club and Golf Course opened Wednesday, despite a few morning rain showers.

Superintendent Randy Pankonen said 50 golfers took advantage of the early opening, but that March 21 isn’t the earliest he’s opened the course.

In 2002, the course opened March 7. “That’s the year we didn’t have any snow,” he said.

Two golfers played their fourth round this year at the Little Falls course Wednesday. Justin Piotrowski and Erik Hedman, both Little Falls Community High School  graduates who finished college last year, were on the links.

“Eagles Landing opened last Friday,” said Hedman. He works part-time at that course and played his first rounds of the season at that course.

Both young men were in fine form, with Piotrowski shooting two over par and Hedman one over.

Monday night, the Little Falls City Council approved membership fee increases for the course, although greens fees, cart rental, range ball rental, Canadian Cup and junior course fees all remain the same as last year.

The membership fee increases include a husband/wife – $800 (was $775); single – $550 (was $540); seniors 65 years of age and older, $525 (was $510) and a family with children ages 18 and under, $950 (was $900).

Pankonen said these fees have not been raised in three or four years.

The Council also voted unanimously to rehire seasonal summer employees at the Little Falls Golf Course, including Callie Dobis, Macy Olson, Elizabeth Hamlin, Stacy Hubred,  Christopher Dobis and A. Larry Engel all at $8.31 per hour; Julie Slettom at $10.24; John Wagner, Donald Sundgaard, Sherri Schmit and Brad Hubred at $8.50 per hour; Scott Gross at $11.28, as well as seasonal summer employee Wayne Moe in the Parks Grounds and Maintenance Department at a rate of $8.31.

The wages reflect 18 cent and 31 cent per hour increases, for employees who have not had raises over the last several years they have worked at the golf course.