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New county course opens

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Marcus Creech and wife Mary Jo Hendershot recently opened Golf Country, a 9-hole golf course located east of Bowling Green.
BOWLING GREEN -- For several years, three golf courses have operated in Clay County.

This summer, a fourth course opened.

Golf Country, a 9-hole course, is now open. The course is located two-and-a-half miles east of Bowling Green.

Designer and builder Marcus Creech, and wife Mary Jo Hendershot, said they spent about eight years from the first idea of a course on their farm to the opening of Golf Country this year.

They studied golf course design, learned about different grasses and visited golf courses around the country in preparation of constructing the new course.

During off time at home, Creech began planning and building the course, bringing in golfers and other course owners for advice, until last summer when they opened the practice range and devoted several months to finishing drainage and irrigation and building and seeding the greens.

The entire course, with special concentration on the greens, was designed to maximize play while minimizing negative environmental impact.

Beginning with the layout, Creech worked to avoid disturbing ground so as to eliminate the potential for soil erosion while at the same time creating a challenging, playable course.

Newer course designs, such as Golf Country, incorporate ways to more efficiently manage operating inputs like fertilizers and pesticides as well as preserving wildlife areas and conserving water resources.

The course measures 2,704 yards, with rolling hills and water hazards coming into play.

Players who choose to take a few warm-up shots before tackling the par-5 first hole, can utilize the driving range with 250 measured yards.

Golf carts are available and the course is open every day from daylight to dark.

Golf Country is planning its first golf scramble with a hole-in-one contest for Aug. 27, in conjunction with the Bowling Green Old Settlers' Picnic.

For more information on the course, call 812-859-4324 or drive east on State Road 46 and turn south on County Road 750 East.

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