Golf course looking goodGolfers who have played at Lakeview National this past year may have noticed some changes.
By: Matt Suoja, Lake County News Chronicle
Golfers who have played at Lakeview National this past year may have noticed some changes.
At a media day last week, Kyle Ness, general manager for the course, agreed things have definitely changed.
“The general conditions have improved dramatically,” he said. “We have new equipment and a bigger budget for labor and maintenance.”
The changes began after the city signed Ness, along with Nate Van Santen as course superintendent to a three-year contact.
Along with that, the city said it would invest more money into the course, which would include a new irrigation pump. This should lead to a better course.
“We had a pretty good size increase in season pass numbers,” Ness said, adding that some golfers have returned to the course because of the improved conditions.
Surprisingly, the economy may also be helping matters.
“A lot of local people are laid off,” he said, which means there are more golfers on the course.
People are not traveling as much now either, Ness said. Rather than making a long trip out of state, they may take the closer route and play golf at Lakeview.
One item that may also attract more golfers is specials such as $30 for 18 holes and a cart, or $50 for all-day golf and a cart. Another new addition is the Sloppy Joe’s Bar and Grill (the menu is online).
Ness said the people who don’t even golf come in to eat.
This summer Lakeview National will once again host the 2009 Agate Golf Scramble on Friday, July 10, and the annual Agate City Classic on Aug. 15-16.
For more information, visit www.lakeviewnational.com.