Bob Richards, an Olympic pole-vaulting champion, bought the Waco, Texas club for $1.1 million, not long after buying Lake Waco Golf Club in January for $1.4 million. Richards and his sons plan to hold a membership drive for the club, as well as address flooding problems, tend to cosmetic improvements of the clubhouse, and potentially build a pavilion.
Bob Richards, an Olympic pole-vaulting champion, has bought Twin Rivers Golf Club in Waco, Texas for $1.1 million, the Waco (Texas) Tribune–Herald reported.
“At 9 a.m. tomorrow, that beautiful course is going to be mine,” said Richards, 87.
Though picturesque, the course has issues that need addressing. But so did Lake Waco (Texas) Golf Club, which Richards bought for $1.4 million in January, pledging to make upgrades that would excite existing members and attract new ones, the Tribune-Herald reported.
Since then, membership has grown from just more than 100 to “about 180 or 190,” longtime General Manager and pro Larry Salter said. “[The course is] probably in the best shape I’ve seen it in 15 or 20 years.”
Crews launched a massive cleanup of the Lake Waco course, trimming trees, widening the fairways and lowering the height of the rough. They also replaced the swimming pool’s filtering system, repaired the sprinkler system and cleared brush from around several small lakes to make them more attractive for fishing, the Tribune-Herald reported.
The Richards family also has begun creating space for a fitness center that will be available to members, the Tribune-Herald reported.
But now, Richards and his sons, Brandon and Tom, will turn their attention to fine-tuning Twin Rivers, the Tribune-Herald reported.
“One of the first things we want to do is invite homeowners in the area out for a second look; we will have a membership drive,” Brandon Richards said.
The course also has a history of flooding and the family will look into that, but it is not a matter of great concern, the Tribune-Herald reported.
“The clubhouse needs some cosmetic improvements, and we would like to build a pavilion where members could gather,” Richards said. “At Lake Waco, we have live bands performing beside the pool, and something similar at Twin Rivers might get people more involved in the course.”
Bob Richards said he and his sons have discussed planting more trees along the course near Highway 84. There has been conversation about Twin Rivers becoming the site of an indoor swimming pool for use by the Midway Independent School District swim teams, the Tribune-Herald reported.
Twin Rivers’ membership has been stalled at about 50 people for several years, the Tribune-Herald reported
“It is a beautiful course, and we believe it should be played accordingly,” Richards said, adding he thinks 225 members is attainable.
Twin Rivers and Lake Waco are mixed-use courses that offer memberships but also welcome public play. Twin Rivers Golf Club is the home course of the Baylor University men’s and women’s golf teams and will remain so, the Tribune-Herald reported.
A group called Mission Bear Ridge spent $7.5 million to build Twin Rivers in 2001, which was called Bear Ridge Golf Club at the time. The property was foreclosed upon in 2007 and the name was changed. Richards is buying the course from Brown Bark 1, a subsidiary of NC Ventures of Houston, the Tribune-Herald reported.
Designed by PGA professional Peter Jacobsen, the 7,478-yard course features a lighted driving range, an 8,600-sq. ft. clubhouse, a golf shop, locker and shower facilities for men and women, and a covered patio overlooking the putting green, the Tribune-Herald reported.
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