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After a long winter, it looks like spring time has finally arrived.

That change in the weather is good news for golfers, who have been waiting for the snow to melt and their favorite courses to open, many of which delayed their opening while they cleaned up the debris from the ice storm.

“This is a wonderful weekend, been waiting for this for a long time!," said Jeff Nelson of Sioux Falls.

Jeff Nelson has been itching to get out on the green for over a month now, a long wait that's finally over.

“Since we haven't been out for a while its nice just to practice and just feel the sun," said Jeff Nelson.

And Jeff's not alone.

On Sunday, hundreds of golfers took advantage of the first nice weekend in Sioux Falls, by grabbing their clubs and heading to Prairie Green Golf Course.

"You've been inside so long you kind of get stir crazy inside so it's nice to get out there enjoy the nature, wind blowing!” said Curtis Wong of Sioux Falls.

The popular course opened their links on Friday, and by Sunday, they had put a record weekend in the books.

“Normally we do about 240 rounds on a standard Saturday and we did about 380 yesterday so we were about 140 over,” said Joe Benedict, Head Professional at Prairie Green.

The successful turnout was expected after the long, cold winter but the staff said with two other popular courses still cleaning up debris from the ice storm, they're seeing more and more golfers coming to Prairie Green.

“We got a little bit lucky. Elmwood has a lot more trees and Kuehn has a lot more trees than we do so we were able to open a little bit earlier than they were," said Benedict.

Across town, Elmwood's course may be still cleaning up the mess, but on Sunday, they were able to open 9 of their 27 holes, a big success after suffering so much damage.

“It's been busier than zero that's for sure! Words getting out and folks are starting to come out now that it’s warmed up a bit in the afternoon, so we’re happy to be open," said Tom Jansa, President of Dakota Golf Management.

Elmwood hopes to have another 9 holes open by Monday and, if everything goes as planned, the goal is to have the entire facility open by Thursday.

As of Sunday, Prairie Green and Willow Run were the only public courses in Sioux Falls to have their entire facility open.

Bakker's Crossing has 3 of their 18 holes closed due to renovation.

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