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Jones Golf Course re-opens after flood


by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A look at Jones Golf Course today and you would never guess that it was almost entirely under water less than a year ago.

"When the water went down and you saw the muck, you didn't think it was ever gonna be able to get it back to where it is today," Jones Pro Dave Roe said.

Last summer, Roe was a golf pro in name only.

"I was on a tractor a lot helping them clean up the muck, the silt that was left on the course," Roe said.

At the crest of last June's flood, parts of the course were more than 20 feet under water.

"It was disheartening and I shed a tear to be honest because it was just this beautiful golf course that was now full of water and it was black," Cedar Rapids golf operations manager Lisa Miller said.

"Drove by it and looked at it," golfer Terry Moran said. "It was pretty depressing."

58 acres damaged. And no guarantees the public would ever see greens and fairways at Jones again.

"We just didn't know if the city would want us to go ahead and have us rebuild it," Miller said.

But the city council pushed for Jones to re-open. And with the help of countless volunteer hours, Jones is back just in time for the unofficial start of summer.

"It's especially nice to see the golfers that have grown up playing here, back out here enjoying the course that they've played all their life," Roe said.

"It exceeds our expectations and it exceeds our golf game," Moran said.

As part of the weekend re-opening celebration, a hole-in-one on the par three 17th is worth a $1,000 gift card.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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