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      Dakota Dunes Country Club Is Open for 18 Holes

      For the last two years, golfers at Dakota Dunes Country Club were forced to cut their game short. The club could only offer 16 holes because damage from the flood of 2011 left holes 17 and 18 looking like a war zone.

      For the last 20 years, local legend Gene Hagan has been playing these links and knows them like the back of his hand. But now, Dakota Dunes Country Club has thrown a bit of a monkey wrench into his game.

      "I've only played a couple times, but I think 18 will be more difficult than the original 18, but that's fine it's going to be a good hole," said Hagen.

      It's a challenge that many members are excited to take on for the sake of friendly competition but also because it's a change with an elevated purpose - a levee system.

      "It's incorporated into number 17 and 18 design and you really can't tell, it looks like natural dunes and some new elevation that makes the holes actually better than what they previously were," said Justin Arlt, Head PGA professional at Dakota Dunes Country Club.

      Two years ago, flood waters forced the country club to evacuate.

      The water reached about 10 feet at hole 17 in fact you can still see the water line on trees close to the course. It's a stark reminder of what happened in 2011.

      "We had kids that actually would come out here and fish. It resembled more of a fishing hole than it did a golf hole," said Arlt.

      "It was stressful. We had to move and we were out for about 3 and a half months and we came back course there was no sprinkling at the time so the golf course was burned out so it all had to be rebuilt," said Mike Borschuk, a member of the Dunes Country Club.

      Since the Dunes is an Arnold Palmer course, the lead architect from Palmer Management helped re-design the two last holes and Arlt couldn't be happier with the finished product.

      "It's been a long process and it's been a long time coming. So it's not really a relief but a celebration, a sense that wow the day is finally here, we're back to normal," said Arlt.

      If you're interested in playing a full round the club is accepting the resident gold passes again.

      For membership details head to http://www.dakotadunescountryclub.com/sites/courses/layout9.asp?id=830&page=46127

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