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Indianapolis resident and White Bear Lake native Scott Falk watches his drive Monday with friends at Oak Marsh Golf Course in Oakdale. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker

Tee times after Christmas? Fore sure

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It might have been a little harder to press the tees into the turf, but that didn't stop golfers from flocking to the course Monday as the mercury climbed to 50 degrees in the area.

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The course was full with golfers one day after Christmas at Oak Marsh Golf Course, and the phone lines stayed busy at the pro shop, where employee Sam Whillock fielded tee time requests.

Whillock said her father - the course's general manager - remembered one year when the Oakdale course was open at least one day every single month of the year.

"It could be one of those things again," she said.

The unseasonably warm temperatures around the Twin Cities busted a record that had stood since 1936: temperatures at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport hit 52 degrees - one degree up from the former record. The official high for Woodbury was 49 degrees, while Lake Elmo and Cottage Grove both recorded highs of 50, according to the National Weather Service.

"You can't beat it," said east metro native Scott Falk, who was golfing at Oak Marsh with a group of friends. "This weather is incredible."

Despite the comfortable weather, golfers there were adapting to cold-weather effects: Falk's group noted how they watched another golfer use a hammer to pound his tee into the ground.

Don't expect the relatively balmy conditions to last, however.

According the NWS five-day forecast, high temperatures were expected to stay in the 30s through Friday. The forecast also called for the possibility of snow between Wednesday and Friday.

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Michael Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. His coverage includes local crime, legislative activity and prep sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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