Golfers hit the links, enjoy warm weather

(WBIR - Knox County) The weekend's weather warm up allowed some to break out the clubs for a round of golf, a rare treat between possible bouts of snow.

Sunday, the sun brightly shined above Three Ridges Golf Course and golfers, like college student Brad Hawkins, who wasted no time getting out on the course.

Hawkins said, "College golf is getting ready to start back up in early March so I wanted to make sure the game's in good shape."

While Hawkins works to perfect his swing, other golfers are simply excited to take advantage of the beautiful day.

Chris Sweat of Knoxville said, "It's my first round of the year and it's just really been nice to be out here playing golf with my friends."

But lately, the weather has been anything but a hole-in-one.

Last week, snow and ice covered East Tennessee because of the polar vortex that hammered the majority of the U.S. The weather system brought bone-chilling temperatures and forced many to stay bundled up inside

Sweat said, "It's just crazy. It's East Tennessee weather. Last Sunday we couldn't even get out of our house and here we are out here playing golf this week."

Three Ridges felt the impact of the winter weather.

General Manager Mark Brown said, "I had a lady from finance call me the other day and ask me if I had any deposits and for four days we did not have a person out here."

Brown said this time of the year is usually hit or miss with golfers, but that Sunday definitely hit the sweet spot, with about 60 golfers on the green. Brown said that's an amazing number.

Brad Hawkins was excited to have a perfect day for some practice.

He said, "It's good to actually have some sun and no clouds."


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