Vice Mayor Avery Johnson said he played on the new back nine.
“They have made the course more challenging,” Johnson said. “The greens are wider than before, so people will have to learn to read the greens. It is a manicured course and it all looks beautiful.”
Johnson said he had a good game on the most challenging hole when he parred on No. 17. Waterville member George Patton said people are relieved to finally have the back nine open.
“I have been a member for 20 years. The back nine is a lot more difficult than it was before,” Patton said. “The greens are in good shape and the ball rolls well. The more it is played on, the more the grass will lay down.”
Jason Bennett, Waterville superintendent, said time was needed to get the remaining weeds off the golf course. He said anything in fairways should be gone in the next couple of weeks. Bennet told Johnson he hoped to replace a couple of the greens in the front nine with tifdwarf bermuda grass in the spring.
Jimmy Tatum, course manager, said the golf course can now offer 18 quality holes to golf enthusiasts.
“This course is a challenge, it is not a pushover,” Tatum said. “Some of the new holes in the back nine are a lot harder than they were before. For example, 17 is a narrow hole. Players have to keep the ball straight on the hit.”
The Waterville Golf Course Advisory Board met prior to the ribbon cutting on Monday. The board, led by Janice Casteel, city manager, discussed old and new changes on the course.
State workers have said they should be done with No. 18 by Nov. 30. This is the last hole in need of approval and landscaping.
According to reports, the entrance sign should be completed this week. A former brick mason is working on the sign and already has a good head start. Sodding of hole 5 is expected to be completed this week. In addition, Tatum expects state workers to be out later this week to pave the road. According to reports, the workers were expected last week but were unable to show.
An invoice of $500 has been issued for the vandalism of the Waterville Golf course. An SUV was driven across the course a couple of months ago, causing damage to the front nine greens. Casteel also said Cleveland youth needed to understand it is unacceptable to write graffiti on the Waterville golf course tunnel wall.
Churches and organizations have begun to schedule tournaments for what remains of the golf season. For more information on the golf course or for setting up a tournament visit, www.watervillegolfcourse.com or call, 423-559-3348.
Current tournaments include:
- Gamble Road Church on Sept. 22
- Waterville Baptist Church on Sept. 29
- Boys & Girls Clubs on Oct. 6.