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Warm Temps Lead to Golf Course Opening

WILLIAMSTON, Mich. (WLNS) -- While Saturday's near 60 degree high was good for some local businesses, the mild winter is taking its toll on local winter sports.

The putt of a golf ball is a sound you usually don't hear in January, especially in Michigan.

Cindy Vogl was one of about 100 people who played a round of golf at Wheatfield Valley Golf Club Saturday. "If you can play a summer sport in winter, it's great!"

The course is located right off I-96 in Williamston.

The grass was a little soggy in places, but it didn't stop owner and manager Chuck Cascarilla from seizing a business opportunity. With his competitors' courses closed for the season, Cascarilla wanted to take advantage of the near 60 degree high.

"I got here about 8:30 and the greens were playable, so I decided to open," said Cascarilla.

It's a decision that ultimately surprised him and his customers.

Vogl's husband Keith tells 6 News he was thrilled when he heard the course was opening. "What a beautiful day to be outside," he said. "There's a little bit of water and a little bit of snow and a little bit of mud, but for the most part, it's been very playable."

"Today was a good day. I didn't think we'd be this busy," said Cascarilla.

The warm weather wasn't good news for everyone though.

"The last couple of days have been fairly slow," said Brian Collins, Ingham County Parks manager. Hawk Island Snow Park in Lansing only saw a handful of customers Saturday.

The melting snow caused officials to close part of the tubing hill. "There was some ice in the runs, so for safety reasons we had to close it," said Collins.

Meanwhile, the snowboarding section of the hill remains open.

Although some grassy patches are peaking through, officials hope the temperatures dip low enough so they can make more snow.

Cascarilla tells 6 News he doesn't plan to open Wheatfield Valley Golf Club tomorrow, but he'll think about opening it again in the future this winter if the weather cooperates.

Hawk Island Snow Park however will continue normal business hours.

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