With the snowpack finally washed away, Westchester's six county-owned public golf courses -- some 18,000 acres of greens and fairways -- will open Friday for the season with some new improvements.

"They are in great shape, yet cost a fraction of the private courses in the area," said Peter Tartaglia, deputy commissioner for the county's parks department.

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Through the spring, the county will be making upgrades at three sites. One of the smallest locations, the 130-acre Sprain Lake Golf Course in Yonkers, is slated for a $1.5 million upgrade this spring. In addition to the widening and upgrading of existing cart paths, new ones will be added. A temporary green will be installed on the third hole, while 2,500 cubic yards of dirt are removed to soften what is now a steep descent, park officials said.

Westchester also plans some face-lifts at its second Yonkers course, the 126-acre Dunwoodie Golf Course, which is the smallest course among its holdings. Sand traps will be reshaped with new drainage systems to help the ease of play. A similar project is also planned for the rolling hills of the 852-acre Mohansic Golf Course in Yorktown Heights.

No immediate improvements are planned this season at the county's three remaining courses, which include the 140-acre Maple Moor Golf Course, the 700-acre Saxon Woods Golf Course in Scarsdale and the 7,000-yard, par 71 championship Hudson Hills Golf Course in New Castle.

Driving ranges are available at Mohansic, Sprain, Dunwoodie and Saxon Woods.

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The cost to play 18 holes on weekends and holidays is $45, or $35 for residents with park passes. In June, golf leagues -- which are required to have a minimum of eight players each -- open at the courses. League players are charged $450 to play nine holes and use a cart for 12 weeks.