Top stories of 2013 – No. 2: Corbett Field, golf courses return

For the first time since 2010, America’s pastime found its way back to Corbett Field.

The 78-year-old ball park was ruined by the 2011 flood and needed to undergo extensive maintenance over the course of the next two years to house baseball games once more. On June 10, baseball returned to Corbett Field when the Minot Metros hosted Wahpeton.

The park remained closed throughout the 2012 high school and legion baseball season. It still wasn’t ready for the 2013 high school year as Jack Hoeven Park continued to be the replacement home for Minot High and Bishop Ryan.

Corbett Field was deemed ready for action in the summer, with the Metros getting the honor to play on its field for the first time in more than two years. The ballpark hosted the Metros, Vistas and the 14-year-old Babe Ruth state tournament.

Minot Vistas second baseman Marcus Quist was one of many athletes looking forward to returning to Corbett Field.

“It’s gonna mean the world, actually, ’cause playing on Hoeven it’s not the same thing,” Quist told The Minot Daily News in June. “It’s just not the same kind of scenery. You get all the fans back here and around and at Hoeven it’s just right behind you. It’s just a great feeling being back on the field.”

The baseball park wasn’t the only venue that reopened this summer. Jack Hoeven Wee Links and Vardon Golf Club opened to the public for the first time since the flood and Souris Valley Golf Course expanded from a makeshift nine-hole layout to its pre-flood 18-hole course.

Wee Links reopened in late May, with an official grand-opening picnic June 1. Wee Links provides young golfers a course most closely suited for their game and allows them to play with kids their age.

“The adults have found places to play, but the kids in this community have had to wait two long years,” Steve Kottsick, Souris Valley Golf Course professional, told The Minot Daily News in May.

Vardon – formerly Minot County Club – reopened in August after a lengthy maintenance project. Rebuilding the 18-hole course seemed impossible, so the Minot County Club sold the grounds to a group of Minot investors, who were able to keep the 85-year-old course going strong. Changes were inevitable – some more noticeable than others. The biggest changes were the added length – now playing a little more than 6,660 yards – and the par score changed from 72 to 71.