The Return of Spring Hill Golf Club

Spring Hill Golf ClubSPRING HILL - For many, it's a sight for sore eyes.

It's their local course, coming back to life. Spring Hill Golf Club is under new managment, finding a way to return to its glory. With Roger Thompson at the helm, the course has already made strides since November, not even looking like the weeds it used to be.

"We're working to get it back to what's considered prime condition," says Thompson, 59, who, years ago was a PGA Tour hopeful and has played in eight Champions Tour qualifiers. "There's no major changes to the course, but we are making it the course it should be."

Thompson, and his company with numerous business partners, U.S. Golf Properties, has poured in more than $200,000 already and plan to put in another $100,000 before the end of the summer. They have rejuvinated the clubhouse, the fairways and the greens, will be rebuilding the tee boxes, and already have more than 61 members.

When the course had its "grand re-opening" on Feb. 27, Thompson got welcomed with horrible weather. However, 80 excited golfers played nine rainy holes anyway.

"(Some members) had joined before the course was even playable," Thompson said. "They weren't going to be stopped."

Spring Hill Golf Club

Thompson has lofty plans for the course. For now, he's getting back to playable conditions, but soon, wants to make it a private course and even host Tour events. He's dedicated, for sure, already putting in 95 hours a week at the course.

"I fell in love with the land, the design," said Thompson, who carries about a six handicap. "Once I saw this place, I knew what it could be."

Spring Hill has also employed Steve LaFalce, a local golf instructor to be its teaching pro and give lessons. He works on the range, but also has set up video equipment to tape students.

But this hard work is just beginning. Thompson and his groundskeepers are constantly working on getting the greens back to playable conditions, as well every other part of the course. However, in the near future, Thompson admits that the tee boxes and greens will have to be rebuilt and that the course will have to be lengthened from 6,700 yards plus to at least over 7,000, especially with hope of hosting professional events.


But one things for sure, everyone is sure happy to see cars in the parking lot, and golfers teeing off in what used to be a ghost town.

"We've gotten so much support," Thompson says. "Everyone knows there's no shortage of courses in Florida, but no one has every said you're nuts to do this right now (during this economy). No one has come back and said, 'This place sucks.' Word of mouth has gotten people back here, and the course rejuvenated will keep bringing them back."

Mike Camunas can be reached at mike.camunas@gmail.com

 

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