Last week, I mentioned that I finally got to one of Southwest Minnesota's golf course gems, Dacotah Ridge near Morton. It was one of the Southwest Minnesota courses I've wanted to check off my bucket list for a while now and I've finally gotten that one done. In fact, every year I try to play a course or two I've never played before and I usually try to make at least one of them an 18-hole masterpiece. I've got a few left on the list yet. For instance, I'd like to get down to the Okoboji area and play Brooks and Emerald Hills. Having grown up in Iowa and just 45 minutes away from the Iowa Great Lakes area, you'd have thought I would have checked those off my list by now. Nope. Maybe some year. A little closer to home, I'd like to play 18 at Marshall and New Ulm country clubs. I've walked some holes of the Marshall course many years ago when local prep golfers were in region tournaments and I've heard rave reviews about the New Ulm course. I'd also like to play Rose Lake and Interlaken in Fairmont. As for the nine-holers in the area, I'd like to check off Fulda Town and Country Golf Course and, perhaps, Adrian Country Club. That's a course I've shot pictures at for cross country, but never brought out the sticks to play. That course also offers golfers two different two boxes on each hole to give golfers 18 different holes on a nine-hole course. Although the season's winding down, there's still time for another round or three - maybe at one of those bucket list courses.
Tennis is back I was delighted to see that construction appears to be complete or near complete on the city's new tennis/pickleball courts. And they look great! As I've said before, I'm not a tennis player (I was at one time), but we have tennis players here in town and they enjoy the game. This community needs tennis courts as another amenity to attract people to Windom. The best part of this construction is that there will be accommodations for pickleball as well. There are many more pickleball players than there are tennis players these days and I know they will look forward to playing the game outdoors. I checked out the new courts Monday afternoon. Admittedly, it won't be an ideal location (just north of Kastle Kingdom) when there's strong winds (little protection), or blistering heat (no shade), but courts are returning to Windom and that's a big plus. Trees and, perhaps, a mesh screen on the fencing could help remedy those issues. And I would strongly urge the city to invest in lights for the court. Players will want to play in the cool of the evening during the summer. Lights - for the time being - don't need to be much more than lamps mounted on telephone poles. Without question lights are a must. The courts do not have nets up and the gates to the courts are locked. So, I'm guessing there may still be a little work left to do. In any case, a big "thank you" to the Park & Rec board and the city for not letting the courts be forgotten, but forging ahead and getting the courts built.