Golfers hit the links with record-breaking temps

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Rapid City, SD Golfers are taking advantage of today's record-breaking temps to hit the links.

Jason Young, a PGA professional, said "Makes everyone get the bug for golf. I know it's been, for the most part, a long winter for all of us."

So golfers got out on the course at Red Rocks, Thursday - with temperatures swinging above 70 degrees.

Doug Christensen, a golfer, said "It's why we live in the Black Hills, because we get to do this. Not this winter, but most winters this isn't so unusual so that's the great thing about living here."

Doug Christensen is a golfing expert - playing rounds here for about a decade.

And he's just one of up to 40 golfers hitting the links each day this week - most haven't played a round in the Black Hills since early December.

Christensen said "More time you can do this is less time where you're on a long streak not playing."

Red Rocks was open for golfers to walk the course - with 16 holes open, along with the driving range.

Young said "Take care of some of those that want to get out and play a little golf, yet we got to hold off on carts for a little while."

And it's a hole in one for the business - which looks to get a boost after wet weather sometimes slows sales during summer.

Young said "Any of these days are just a bonus for us to make up for some of that."

The Black Hills hasn't seen 70 degree temps since November.

And thermometers hit unseasonably low numbers this winter - making it difficult for golfers to get out, until Thursday.

Young said "It boosts everybody's morale - gets them excited about golf."

Managers say temperatures and snow cover play a factor in deciding whether to open.

And the forecast looks bright for golfers this weekend.

Young said "A lot of people are taking advantage of that - shaking off some of the rust from the winter months."