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Holiday, good weather keeps golf courses on par

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This year cold and rainy weather prompted a late start for many golf courses in the area. Fillmore Fairways golf course in Dubuque County opened for the season during the first weekend of April.

Owners said Father's Day is one of the busiest holidays they see during the golf season. They said due to the season late start, it was a day they were looking forward too.

"With it being a really slow start to the year this year, for the second year in a row, we have really just gotten busy here in the last three weeks. The weather have finally started cooperating. So for us to have nice days on these types of holidays it's huge for us," said general manager, Jeff Morreim.

James Decker drove from Bellevue on Sunday to spent time with his father and family golfing. He said the family doesn't normally golf on Father's Day together, but he was excited to get to spend more time with his family.

"We don't have much time to spend together because we are all so busy all the time," Decker said.

Fillmore Fairways is owned by the Dubuque County Conservation Board. Morreim said the golf course has had some financial difficulties for the past couple of years.

Brian Preston is the executive director of the Dubuque County Conservation Board. He said he informed the Dubuque County Supervisors of the golf courses financial state in 2013. The board informed preston the conservation board was not able to find ways to save money, the board of supervisors would consider selling the area.

Morreim said changes are already in place to help make the golf course more financially stable.

"We've cut some things where we can on the maintenance of the golf course, mostly personnel. That's one of the big things that we did this year, was to eliminate one of our full time maintenance positions. It should help us immensely keeping our expenses in check," Morreim said Sunday.

Both Morreim and Preston are hopeful the changes will allow the golf course to be around for years to come.

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