Golfers looking to keep on top of their game through the winter can practice regardless of the weather, thanks to the recently renovated driving range at the Custer Hill Golf Course.
The renovation, which was completed in fall, included the addition of an enclosed shelter at the back of the driving range.
“It (provides) a way for golfers to come out during the wintertime without having to be completely outside. There’s some shelter from the wind (and) places for the golfers to hit (balls) without getting out in the elements,” said David Crawley, business manager, Custer Hill Golf Course.
The ball machine, ball washer and lighting switch also were relocated as part of the renovation, so golfers can find everything they need in a centralized area.
“We’ve made it a one-stop shop for the customer(s),” Crawley said, “(so they) don’t have to walk all over the place to be able to hit golf balls now.”
So far the response has been positive, he said.
“(Golfers) are looking forward to coming out and using it in (inclement weather),” Crawley said.
At a recent scramble event, Dave Craft, dentist, Junction City, said the upgrades are “fantastic,” adding, “It’s really, really nice (to be able to) go out and hit some balls (no matter what the weather is like).”
The driving range is open 24/7. Golfers can turn the lights on when it gets dark and the ball machine accepts $1 bills, so golfers can practice driving anytime as long as the machine is stocked.
“We try to keep it as full as possible,” Crawley said.
In addition to the driving range, the golf course itself is open to the public year-round, “as long as there’s no snow on the ground,” Crawley said.
Discounted rates are offered during the wintertime. The snack bar also is open year-round.
“We’ve done a lot of work this year to get the course to the next level,” Crawley said.
By Julie Fiedler
1st Inf. Div. Post
Julie Fiedler | POST
The newly renovated driving range at the Custer Hill Golf Course provides shelter from the elements for golfers. The ball machine, ball washer and lighting switches also were moved to a
central location to make the facility more user-friendly.