Golf course reopens

September 3, 2009 3:16:23 PM PDT
You can hear the steady whack of golf balls again the Hyland Golf Club in Southern Pines. Nine months ago, the souring economy forced the course to shut down. September 1, it reopened thanks to the investment of a new owner.

"A gentleman bought it from Winston-Salem and he and his son-in-law are owners and they saw an opportunity and they took it. And they hired me in May and I've seen them spend north side of a million dollars on this project since May," offered General Manager Doug Thompson.

The area near Southern Pines and Pinehurst is known as a golfing Mecca. People from across the country some to play plush green fairways.

The locals are happy to see Hyland back in business.

"Well I think we're tickled to death. We miss this golf course. It's always a lot of fun to play. We always come out here and played a lot. Now we're back here what? Three days after it opened? So, we'll be back again," said golfer Wade Vollner.

And when a golf course like Hyland reopens it adds a nice boost to the local economy.

"This area is very fortunate to be as well known as it is. We're still able to attract events such as the US Kid's Golf crowd that came through here last month. And even with the men's and women's open both being recognized to come here again in 2014," offered Southern Pines town manager Reagan Parsons.

Golfing towns have taken a major hit because of the poor economy. The new owners of Hyland Golf Club are hoping their investment will help turn a profit and help stimulate the local economy.

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