SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Elmwood Golf Course featured a different kind of hazard Wednesday after it’s golf cart shed erupted in flames. People in Sioux Falls could see the smoke from the fire across town. Firefighters were on scene quickly to battle the blaze.
Elmwood Golf Course got a bad bounce this week. There’s not much left of the golf cart shed after a major fire.
Sioux Falls Golf Market General Manager Justin Arlt was at Prairie Green when he heard about the incident.
“By the time I got across town, it was already pretty much engulfed and very little left,” Arlt said.
Arlt says Elmwood’s head golf pro was in the clubhouse at the time and was the one who called authorities.
The shed was filled with dozens of carts tightly packed together. Course officials are going to need to figure out how to replace those carts before golfers start showing up after winter.
Fifty-six carts were lost in the fire leaving the course with only 12 others.
“We’re fortunate that this happens in the off-season, in the winter. That will give us time to get a new fleet of golf cars in. We don’t expect this to change our Spring,” Arlt said.
Arlt says once the damage is assessed and sent to insurance, the course should be supplied with a fleet of gas carts for the upcoming season.
“With the management company, Landscapes’ management company, those cars were not owned. They were leased and insured. We’ve begun those discussions. That’s what insurance is for. They’ll help us in the meantime as we move forward with reconstruction of a cart barn or whatnot. We’ll get a temporary fleet,” Arlt said.
The shed is city property. Arlt says park officials will have to decide when to fix the building. He’s just happy no one was hurt.
“So we were just thankful that everybody was unharmed and it was contained,” Arlt said.
Arlt says the cause of the fire could be electrical but he’s still waiting on word from Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.