NORFOLK, Neb. -- It's golf season, and that means things are ramping back up for those working on the courses.

One particular northeast Nebraska public golf course is off to a busy start as summer approaches.

With Nebraska getting consistently warmer temperatures around the state, FairPlay Golf Course has been seeing an increase in people coming out to its course to tee off. 

The course manager, Jon Erickson, says the club has gained more than 50 new members this year.

“The weather is finally turning for us. People are really excited. We’ve been busy on the weekends, weekdays,” said Erickson. “I think we’re up to close to 60 new members this year,” he added.

The sport of golf has gained popularity in several parts of the country in recent years, especially with people discovering the game during the first year of the pandemic, but Erickson said he isn't really sure why people love coming to Fairplay. 

“I’m not sure. I keep asking them,” Erickson said. “I know some other area courses, they’ve had a rough winter. There’s a lot of winter kill on courses. This one, FairPlay, we’ve kind of escaped that,” he added.

Erickson also said some minor improvements were made during the offseason to the overall course. Ground crew members dug out the pond at the eighth hole to make it a little deeper. Crew members also made the course a little more player-friendly, golf course officials said.