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Help 'reimagine' the Minneapolis golf courses ravaged by summer flooding

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The Hiawatha and Meadowbrook golf courses will be closed at least through 2017, as the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board plans repairs and upgrades following devastating summer flooding in 2014.

The clubs suffered a combined $3.5 million in damage after the rains, with more than 100 acres of dead turf, dozens of drowned trees, and damage to cart paths and greens. (It's about $2 million for Meadowbrook, $1.5 million for Hiawatha.)

You can see photos of the flooding below.

It was the worst damage sustained to the courses since 1987, the Longfellow Nokomis Messenger reports. More details are now available online.

But what to fix, and how to fix it, are up in the air.

Repair or renovate?

A good chunk of money can come from FEMA's disaster relief program. But that would just cover the basics, essentially.

So officials have a couple of options, The Journal reports.

Use the money likely available from FEMA to fix what can be fixed, and move on.

Or, try to raise additional money elsewhere and actually improve upon the courses while there is a lengthy closure anyway.

That could include better flood protection, improved facilities, and even course upgrades, the Star Tribune reported.

Public input wanted

The courses have been around for awhile.

Meadowbrook was first established in 1926; Hiawatha three years later.

Earlier this week, the park board held a meeting to get ideas from the community on how to "reimagine" the damaged courses.

Comments can also be submitted online.

Click here for Meadowbrook.

Click here for Hiawatha.

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