Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown, Ohio and Vista Verde Golf Club in Liberty Township, Ohio both closed last year, and neighboring Twin Run Golf Course is lowering its rates as incentive for players to check out the course. The city of Hamilton has also purchased equipment from the shuttered properties to benefit both Twin Run and Potter’s Park Golf Course.
Hamilton, Ohio hopes its two city-owned golf courses will benefit from an influx of players from the former Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown, Ohio and Vista Verde Golf Club in Liberty Township, Ohio, the Hamilton Journal-News reported.
Rates are dropping at Twin Run Golf Course as an incentive for players to check out the course, the Journal-News reported.
“There’s only so often an opportunity comes around where a course like Weatherwax closes, where you’re going to have an entire clientele of golfers looking for somewhere else to play,” said Adam Helms, General Manager of Twin Run and Potter’s Park Golf Course. “This is our chance to say, ‘Come play golf at our courses. We’ll make it super-affordable.’ ”
At Twin Run, adult season passes will drop to $775 from $925 in previous years. Seniors also receive breaks on cart fees. Junior passes will drop to $150 from more than $200. Also, 100 non-peak passes will sell for $150, down from $250. Twin Run opens for the season March 1, the Journal-News reported.
Potter’s Park is open year-round when temperatures are higher than 40 degrees and there is no snow on the ground, the Journal-News reported.
The golf courses will further benefit from the closures with new equipment, a separate Journal-News article reported.
“To begin the year, we purchased roughly $50,000 of equipment,” said Helms.
The purchase included new aerification equipment and a fairway aerifier from Vista Verde that cost about $35,000. Before that purchase, the city had paid contractors to do that work, which cost $12,000 to $15,000 per year, so the equipment should pay for itself in three years, the Journal-News reported.
Hamilton also bought specialized mower-blade sharpeners for about $10,000 from Weatherwax after it closed last November, the Journal-News reported.
“We have something like 50 mower blades, between the two courses, and also sent those out every year to get those sharpened, to the tune of $5,000. So we’ll have that piece of equipment paid off in a year-and-a-half, two years,” Helms said.
Hamilton spent another $7,000 on a tractor from Weatherwax, the Journal-News reported.