It may not feel like it outside, but golf season is here.
Less than 100 days until world class golfers invade the Quad Cities for the John Deere Classic.
And for the grounds crew at TPC Deere Run, the work never stops.
"Preparations for the John Deere Classic start the last day of the tournament last year. So it's a 12 month operation for us," said Course Superintendent Alex Stuedemann.
And after a brutal winter, the grounds crew had their work cut out for them.
"The long winter certainly complicated our efforts in getting the golf course ready. Digging out from multiple feet of snow and ice. We buckled down, got a lot of tree work done, and all the greens mowed and fresh cups out for the season," said Stuedemann.
But the late opening wasn't all bad for the course.
"Protects the turf, less wear and tear. And having all the snow we've had is a lot of good moisture for the ground," said Stuedemann.
TPC Deere Run opened to the public on Sunday, and preparations for the classic are already underway.
"Water management, proper mowing schedules, fertility, protecting the golf course," said Stuedemann.
Back at the office, tournament director Clair Peterson is also hard at work recruiting players and sponsors; he's currently at the Houston Open doing just that.
We're told 2013 champion Jordan Spieth is set to return.
And organizers assure us there's a lot to look forward to when tournament time rolls around.
"It's right around the corner and we couldn't be more excited. It's a great team effort and we couldn't be more excited," said Stuedemann.
This year the John Deere Classic will be from Thursday July 10th through Sunday July 13th.
To buy tickets, click here: http://www.johndeereclassic.com/tickets.html