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Early winter hurting golf courses

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  The early winter weather is hurting business at local golf courses.  Courses can't open if there's frost or snow and most have been shut down for more than two weeks now due to the ground being covered.

Canyon Lakes in Kennewick says it was on par to have a record-breaking year in sales, but the November snow may have put an end to that.  Matt Mandell, Head PGA Pro at Canyon Lakes, says, "I've been here for 12 years at Canyon Lakes and I've never seen anything like this... I don't think we've ever seen anything where we were shut down like this- the occasional 1 or 2 days but nothing for an extended period like this.  We've never shut down any time before Christmas, generally speaking."  He says they've likely lost out on 1000 rounds of golf. 

Horn Rapids in Richland says it's already been closed more days this year than it was the entire winter last year.

Courses hope warmer temperatures this week melt all the snow and ice so golfers can get back out this weekend.