MINOT, N.D. — A popular Minot golf course is being rebuilt six years after the Souris River flood.

The new and improved Apple Grove Golf Course will include contours to the fairways where they once were flat, tee boxes and greens have also been moved, the Minot Daily News reported. Other changes include reconfigured golf holes to add distance from tee to green.

“We’ve lengthened some holes. It didn’t have much character before. Now it’s bigger and better,” said owner Donny Aasen. “It’ll be very nice compared to what it used to be. I think it’s badly needed. Everybody we’ve talked to is very excited.”

Golf course designer Mike Morley was hired by the Aasen family to help provide input for the new course.

“He’s got a lot of good ideas,” said Aasen. “He’s come up with some pretty nice stuff.”

Hundreds of golfers felt the loss of the Apple Grove Golf Course when it was covered by the 2011 flood.

The course was left with silt, uprooted trees and more damage that would take a lot of time and work to make the facility playable again.

The course quickly became popular with Minot’s golfing community after opening in 1979.

Aasen hopes to open the improved facility in 2018.

“We’re hoping to open next year. It all depends on seeding. July sometime is a date we are shooting for but it is hard to say,” said Aasen.

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

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