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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

What a difference a week makes.

Last week saw sunny days, with temperatures nearing 80 degrees. Now, the temperatures are barely approaching 50 degrees, and the sunshine has been replaced with plenty of wind.

And that's making a big difference at the Bunker Hills Golf Course in Dubuque. 

"Last week we averaged 140 players a day on the low end to as high as 217 on Saturday," said Mike Sullivan, the head golf professional at Bunker Hills. "And then yesterday, with it being the first day of the week and the colder weather, we saw total play of about 37 golfers."

Today, the numbers were even lower: Only four golfers had hit the links before noon, and they had yet to reach double digits nearly an hour and a half later.

The cold and windy weather is also forcing the golf courses to tamp down their staffing.

"When we have very few golfers, we just have a tendency to not need as many people on a daily basis, so we maybe have someone stay home for the day, and hopefully the weather turns and we get them back for the next day," Sullivan said.

But for some, it simply doesn't matter.

Bill Yeager said he comes to the course nearly everyday. "This weather doesn't bother me -- doesn't affect me at all."

On a day with wind gusts nearing 40 miles per hour, Yeager and his three friends still golfed 18 holes. 

"We're a little nuts, I know," he said.

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