Golfing in winter: 'No crowds this time of year'

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On a foggy morning, Laurelwood Golf Course appears quiet and gloomy, but these Eugene links are very much open.

“No crowds this time of year,” golfer Frank LaCosse from Drain joked.

Frank LaCosse and a friend are getting in a quick nine, practicing their short game on the deserted course.

“Keeps your stroke together for the season when it comes,” LaCosse said. “And the opportunities are few and far between during the winter, so you grab it, even in this weather.”

“We also like to call it cardio golf because it has a very hilly terrain. So you get a workout, a very good workout while you're playing golf,” Laurelwood Golf Course general manager Debby King said.

You're not only staying sharp by warming up the clubs on a chilly day, but you can also take advantage of deals. Many golf courses offer discounts on things like green fees and memberships.

”Winter rates are in effect, so it's only $10 to play,” King said.