- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Golf courses in the Minot area are continuing to recover after being inundated during the 2011 Souris River flood.

The Park Board is considering buying 240 acres of land for $3 million on the city’s west side for a new public course, as the Minot Country Club prepares to open a new private course, The Minot Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/1Eh8ljd ).

The existing public Souris Valley Golf Course is in a low area along the river that’s at high risk of flooding. It won’t be protected by a city flood protection project being developed in response to the 2011 flood that damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 homes and other structures, causing nearly $700 million in damage in the city.

“It’s very expensive to repair the golf course when it floods. You don’t want to have to do that every few years,” Parks Director Ron Merritt said. “We would be better off spending that kind of money building a course that won’t have that kind of issue.”

The Minot Country Club’s new course is set to open in the next couple of months, after more than two years of work. Any work on a new public course wouldn’t start until at least next year, Merritt said.

Meanwhile, population growth in Minot due to the western oil boom has increased the demand for tee times in the area.

“Last year we had our all-time record recorded at the Souris Valley Golf Course,” Merritt said. “We are at pace to even beat that already this year. We have had weekends where we have had to turn people away.”

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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