The weather was plenty good for mid-April golf over the weekend. Governor Walz opened courses for play on Saturday, April 18 with an adjustment to the stay-at-home order. However, lingering effects from the Easter snow storm in Owatonna kept Brooktree and the Owatonna Country Club closed.

That will change this week as Brooktree Golf Course is set to open Tuesday, April 21 and the country club on Wednesday, April 22. Each is taking tee-time reservations beginning at Monday, April 20. Both courses are also urging players to follow social distancing guidelines.

On the Brooktree Facebook page, golfers are encouraged to check their website for current guidelines and to set up a tee-time. Use social distancing of at least six feet apart and single-rider carts only, unless with an immediate family member. Players should bring antibacterial wipes. Don't share clubs. Do not remove flagsticks.

The clubhouse is closed but food is available for pickup by calling 507-774-7130. Golfers are responsible for their own trash.

The Owatonna Country Club announced on their Twitter account, "We will start accepting tee times on Monday, April 20 at 10 am." They also note, "Read the Temporary Operation Rules and Regulations that were emailed out. If you did not receive a copy, please contact us."

Regarding summer baseball, KDHL Sports Director Gordy Kosfeld reports that the Minnesota Baseball Association is urging Governor Walz to open up baseball. Amateur baseball is currently on hold until getting clearance to play.

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