Zach Hinkle and Tim Lee

Goose River Golf Club maintenance supervisor Zach Hinkle and past president Tim Lee have spearheaded efforts to irrigate the nine-hole course during this summer’s ongoing drought.

The Goose River Golf Course has endured its fair share of hazards the past year.

The global pandemic canceled every tournament Hillsboro’s nine-hole course had scheduled in 2020.

And clubhouse staff and its army of volunteers have battled a never-ending drought a majority of this year.

But, despite those obstacles, the Goose River Golf Course has had a summer on par with one of its best.

Ryan Opdahl, president of the Goose River Golf Club, said the club has seen its membership ranks balloon from 133 to 173, an increase of 30 percent, compared to this time last year.

“I think golf is making a bit of a comeback,” Opdahl said Tuesday.

Opdahl attributes the increase in the number of golfers ripping up the course, in part, to COVID-19.

While community events and other social functions may have been scratched due to the virus, golf remained an activity that hobbyists still could take part in while socially distancing, he said.

“It’s an activity that people can do outside, safely, while being in a small bubble of people,” Opdahl said. “Maybe people got bit by the golf bug a little bit and just kept playing.”

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