Golf: LAGC opens up for the season

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By The Staff

It’s time to get back in the swing of things at Los Alamos Golf Course.

The driving range and front nine at LAGC opened for business today, although a sketchy weather report for the next couple of days could put the brakes on the early season there.

Longtime LAGC professional Donnie Torres said this morning things were generally shaping up well at the course, which is starting its 64th year of continuous operation.

The golf course was opened in 1947 and is the oldest public course in the state.

“We’re pretty excited,” Torres said. “There’s a new (superintendent) on board. Things are going pretty good.”

The new superintendent of LAGC is Steve Wickliffe, who was hired to replace Dennis McCloskey, who retired in July. Wickliffe came from Old Works Golf Course in Montana, where he oversaw golf operations between 1997 and his hiring at LAGC late last year.

Torres said that, depending on the weather, the full 18 holes should be ready for play sometime in the next few days.

“There’s just a coupe of places on the back nine you can’t get to right now,” he said.

There was only a smattering of golfers at the course this morning, but things will likely pick up as the weekend approaches.

Tee times can be made at the course anytime during its hours of operation, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., by calling 662-8139.