Golf Course at Lake Guntersville State Park Reopens June 11

After more than a year of renovation work, the Golf Course at Lake Guntersville State Park will reopen for play on Friday June 11, 2010. A grand opening will be held at the pro shop on July 16.
Improvements to the course include: new greens (Tifdwarf Bermudagrass), a new irrigation system, new clubhouse cart path, deadwood and underbrush removed from the woods around the course, new shaping around the greens, all new bunkers and sand, and five new tees.
The landing area on the thirteenth hole was also improved to allow for lay up shots, and the driving range tee was moved back 35 yards toward the clubhouse to accommodate longer drives. The parking lot is currently being paved and will be ready for the June 11 opening.
Jim Strong, Lake Guntersville Golf Course Superintendent, says the new course is a variation on the old greens, and slightly more challenging without losing the playability of the old course. “The reshaped greens inject more movement into the course,” Strong said. “All in all the course is forward tee friendly and slightly more receptive of approach shots than the old greens.”
The course was closed for renovations in April 2009, and the project was completed for less than the $2 million budget. Jerry Pate Golf Design in Pensacola, Fla., redesigned the course, and Benson Construction from Tifton, Ga., preformed the renovation work.
Reservations are now being taken for tournaments and golf retreats. For more information, call the park's pro shop at 256-582-0379. Golf packages are available through the sales office at 256-505-6601. The price for 18 holes including a cart on Monday through Thursday is $32; Friday through Sunday, $38. Course hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week. Players should call for a tee time on the weekends.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.