Village Green update on hold

Golfers will have to wait a little longer for the back nine holes at Village Green Golf Course in Moorhead to be renovated. Bids for the project came in high and were rejected, according to Moorhead parks superintendent Riaz Aziz. That means the ...

Golfers will have to wait a little longer for the back nine holes at Village Green Golf Course in Moorhead to be renovated.

Bids for the project came in high and were rejected, according to Moorhead parks superintendent Riaz Aziz. That means the city will have to start the bidding process over again. Upgrades to the course, which city officials hoped could begin in September, will be pushed back to next spring.

"Everything we are going to do is still on track," Aziz said. "It's just going to take longer."

Renovation of the original nine holes at Village Green, built in 1979, was scheduled to happen in three phases. The first phase, which got underway last week, included razing the old clubhouse and removing the old parking lot.

The second and third phases will be delayed by the high bids. The second phase includes moving and improving the 18th hole. The third phase will include other improvements to the golf course, mainly building a new green for the 12th hole.


Cost of the face-lift will be $300,000, according to Aziz.

Specifically, renovations to the course will include:

E Building a new 18th hole west of the current No. 18 and making it much more difficult and interesting. The current 18th is a non-descript, short par-4. The new

No. 18 will be a 440-yard hole from the back tees that will have water hazards.

E Making the 12th hole about 70 yards longer by moving the green to the current location of the 13th tee. Since the 12th tee had to be moved forward several years ago because too many homes were in the line of fire, the hole has played as a

245-yard par-4. The new hole will be about 315 yards and, with the altering of some water hazards, will have a narrow fairway about 18 yards wide near the green.

E Building a new tee box for the shorter 13th hole, a par-4.

E Moving the tee on the par-5 10th hole back and to the right, where the old clubhouse stood. It will lengthen the hole to about 525 yards.


E Elevating the tee boxes on the par-3 14th and 17th holes.

E Installing a new irrigation system and reconstructing cart paths.

"The changes will make the back nine much more interesting. I think better players, especially, will love playing the back nine once the changes are made," said Village Green pro Russ Nelson. "I think we're going to change two of the poorest holes on the course, 12 and 18, into the two best holes on the back side."

Different kind of scramble

Moorhead is hosting a unique scramble tournament Labor Day weekend. The Hullabaloo two-person scramble will be decided with a quota points system instead of the usual race to get as far under par as possible. The tournament is scheduled Sept. 1 at Village Green Golf Course and Sept. 2 at Meadows Golf Club.

Here's how it works, according to Meadows professional Mark Johnson: The two players on each team add their handicaps together and divide by two, then subtract that number from 36. The resulting number is the team's "quota." The winning teams (one from the first day, one from the second day and one for the total of two days) will be the ones who score the highest above their quota.

Points will be awarded for pars (2), birdies (4), eagles (6) and double eagles (8). Points are subtracted (-1) for bogeys or worse.

"It's different, it's fun, it's unique," Johnson said. "Instead of the usual scramble, we thought we'd come up with something a little different."


The tournament costs $65 per player, which includes golf, a cart, range balls, lunch and breakfast both days. The field is limited to the first 60 teams.

For more information, contact Village Green or the Meadows.

Chip shots

Ashley Anderson of Fargo recently tied for fifth place in the National Invitational Tournament at the Kapalua Resort on the island of Maui. Anderson, a senior at Fargo South, shot 88-85-86 in the 54-hole stroke play event. ... Don Berry, the club professional at Edinburgh USA in the Twin Cities who made the cut at the PGA Championship, will play in the North Dakota Open at Fargo Country Club on Labor Day weekend. ... A pro qualifier for the state open scheduled for next Tuesday at the country club appears likely to be canceled. The tournament probably won't have a full field of professionals, making the qualifier unnecessary. ... Ryan Opdahl of Larimore, N.D., and Lindsey Nettestad of Pelican Rapids, Minn., were the champions at the Lake Lida Junior Tournament at Lida Greens Golf Course. ... Mark Lindberg of Coppell, Texas, won the Resorters Tournament at Alexandria Golf Club. Lindberg, a 34-year-old Alexandria high school graduate, beat Derek Whiting of Alexandria 1-up in the championship match. Because of a scheduling mix-up, the Resorters was held the same week as the Pine to Palm in Detroit Lakes, Minn. ... Dates for 2003 resort tournaments are: Birchmont, July 28-Aug. 2; Resorters,

Aug. 3-9; Pine to Palm, Aug. 11-17.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike McFeely at (701) 241-5580

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