Golfers walk the first hole at the Palmer Golf Course in Palmer, Alaska, after teeing off on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, the day the course opened for the season.
Marc Lester
By Marika Washchyshyn
Friday, March 04, 2016

If you live in the South, you're probably able to play golf year round and have no idea what agony your northern compatriots suffer during their golf off-season. But that pain is subsiding for the northernmost Americans in Anchorage, Alaska, where golf courses are opening the earliest they have in history.

According to the Alaska Dispatch News, Palmer Golf Course will open seven holes on Friday morning, earlier than last year's record of March 21st and much earlier than the typical mid-April start.

For context, the famous Iditarod dog sled race (you know, an actual winter activity), will start one day after the golf course opens for business.

Aliy Zirkle and her team arrive at the Huslia, Alaska, checkpoint for the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Loren Holmes

Golfers will have to skip the driving range, which will remain closed, and walk holes 1-4 and 16-18. Palmer director George Collum told the Dispatch News that if the weather holds up, all 18 holes could be functional next week.

It's still no picnic, however - while temperatures warm to above freezing by noon, the day starts off chilly at around 20 degrees at 8 a.m.

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