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Counting Down to {our 89th!} Opening Day

Counting Down to {our 89th!} Opening Day

At Madden’s on Gull Lake, we’re counting down the days to open for the season on April 20th.  Now we’ve done this a time or two, 89 to be exact, but opening weekend will always be our most wonderful time of the year.

Any snow bird can tell you what it takes to get their home fires burning again after a warm winter spent anywhere but in Minnesota:  fire up the utilities, restock the refrigerator, arrange for snow removal- you get the drift (pun intended).

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to spring Madden’s back into action each season, here’s what it takes to get from this:


To this:


Opening Madden’s for the Season, by the Numbers

It’s amazing what our team does each spring!


Cleans 292 guest rooms,100 employee dorms, and makes 700 beds

Shampoos, sweeps, scrubs, and vacuums 5 acres of flooring

Sanitizes 450 toilets

Grounds Maintenance

Applies 300 yards of landscape mulch, equivalent to 30 dump truck loads

Prepares to plant 40,000 annuals in over 150 beds

Rakes and cleans up over 500 acres of lawn

Sweeps and cleans over 8 acres of asphalt

Installs over 100 sections of dock

Prepares 32 resort vehicles

Golf Course Maintenance

Needle-tines, top dresses, and rolls over 10 acres of putting greens

Replaces over 150 tons of bunker sand

Charges up and fine tunes over 22 miles of irrigation lines

Sharpens and prepares over 100 grass cutting units

Prepares 65 utility carts and 180 golf carts

Refurbishes and installs over 200 bunker rakes, 80 ball washers, 45 benches, 130 garbage containers, 72 flag poles, 350 tee markers, and 12 water cages for coolers

Building Maintenance

Works 1,600 hours getting water running throughout all 1,000 acres of the property and checking and making repairs to approximately 100 buildings.

Golf Shops & Madden Bros. Market

Stocks 20,000 pieces of inventory in the golf shops (golf shirts, shoes, hats, and gloves) and Madden Bros. Market (gifts, snacks, jewelry, and home décor).

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As you can see, it is no small feat.  Reopening this village takes, well, a village.  And we’re all so excited to throw the doors wide open and welcome you back to Madden’s for our 89th season.

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