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Now that spring finally seems to have arrived, its time to dust off the golf clubs and get back into the swing of things. With that in mind, here is a quick look at the five Shelby County golf courses, what you can find there and what these courses have to offer this spring and summer.
WHAT’S NEW:In the clubhouse Russ Johnson has taken over this week as the general manager and director of golf, replacing Chris Hamburger, who took the head golf professional position at Valhalla Golf Club in Eastwood.
WHAT’S NOT:There have been no changes to the 7,000-yard course.
BIG EVENT:U.S. Senior Challenge on June 17-20.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP:July 13-14.
MORE INFO:Call 722-2500 or visit www.cardinalclub.cc.
Clear Creek Golf Center
WHAT’S NEW:“No big physical changes to the course for this year, and the only programming addition is participation in the PGA Junior League,” pro Derrick Griffitts reported.
EVENTS:The center’s women, senior, mixed and skins leagues began last week. It will also host summer junior clinics June 24-27.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS:The club championship for women will be Sept. 17, with the men’s, senior men’s and juniors’ four days later.
MORE INFO:Call 633-0375 or visit www.clearcreekgolfcenter.com.
Persimmon Ridge Golf Course
WHAT’S NEW:“We did a major renovation to the eleventh green on the course by taking out over two feet of slope and increasing its size at the front of the green,” President Lawren Just said. “In addition to this, most fairways were narrowed back to their original size, and an intermediate cut rough was planted where the fairways had expanded. The wooden bridge on [number] seven was replaced with a rock wall and concrete bridge. Nearly one hundred additional heads of irrigation were also added to the course.”
BIG EVENTS:Monday’s Kentucky Golf Association pro-am event. The 12th annual Elmore Just Memorial Tournament is April 22. Golf Channel Amateur Tour is June 2, the Golfweek Amateur Tour is July 13 and the KGA Match Play Championship is July 15-17. “In addition to these events, we have over twenty non-profit and corporate outings scheduled for the year and will work with groups of eight or more for a special outing at Persimmon Ridge Golf Course,” Just said.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS:Persimmon Ridge’s club championship will be Aug. 10-11.
MORE INFO:Call 241-0456 or visit www.persimmonridge.com.
Shelbyville Country Club
WHAT’S NEW:“No major changes to the golf course,” new Director of Golf Greg Gibson reported. “Driving-range upgrades are scheduled for April through May.” In addition to Gibson, the country club has also hired a new PGA teaching professional, Joe Gutterman, and a new assistant pro, Bobby Newberry.
BIG EVENTS:Shelby County Community Charity Scramble, held in honor of Michael Long, is May 11. The Kentucky Amateur Qualifier is June 2, the annual Amputee Tournament Players Championship charity event is June 7-9, the men’s member-guest is July 19-21 and the University of Kentucky Alumni Association Scramble on Sept. 13. The country club will also be participating in the PGA Junior League.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS:The club championship will be Aug. 17-18.
MORE INFO:Call 633-0542 or visit www.shelbyvillecc.com.
Weissinger Hills Golf Course
WHAT’S NEW:“We have reopened number sixteen green,” pro Bryan Slone said. “We did some renovation work to make it more user friendly, [it] turned out really well. We [also] have cleaned out some brush between holes six and seven to have a more open, and forgiving, look.” The Weissinger Hills Golf Association’s weekly league is also implementing a point system. “It's our version of the FedEx points on the PGA Tour,” Slone said. “It should provide some excitement for the league players.”
BIG EVENTS:Weissinger will feature two teams in the new PGA Junior Golf League, which will also include teams from Clear Creek and Shelbyville Country Club.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS:Stroke play championship (you must be a WHGA member to participate) will be July 13-14
MORE INFO:Call 633-7332 or visit www.weissingerhills.com.