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Sunrise at Ashland Golf Club

A beautiful sunrise greets golfers on the 18th hole at the Ashland Golf Club.

PHOTO BY GREG BAUER

ASHLAND - The hard work that General Manager Devon Kastler, Head Pro Owen Schuett, Superintendent Jeremy Brady, and Food and Beverage Manager Sarah Anderson have been putting in over the last three years has paid great dividends. Upgrades to the “Pub” clubhouse, new floor and paint in the event facility, and a completed irrigation system for the entire Ashland Golf Club contributed to the Nebraska PGA naming it Facility of the Year.

The PGA considers six areas: promotion and growth of the game, innovative approaches to changes in the golf industry, exceptional customer service, involvement in local charitable organizations, service to the PGA, and recognition by local PGA members as an outstanding facility.

One of the unique growth opportunities for the local community is a new golf program for juniors 7-13 years old as part of the Nebraska Junior Golf Tournament series. They started out with 12-14 members and are now up to 24 competing in team events in a fun atmosphere.

A new Thursday night nine-hole Women’s league will start in June and run into August, and a nine-hole Senior Men’s league on Thursday mornings will commence for the summer months. There are Monday and Wednesday nine-hole men’s leagues, as well as a Couples League the first Friday of each month.

A new cart path has been added to hole 13, which is a par 3 over the pond. This will help move golfers to No. 14 without the confusion of teeing off twice before completing No. 13. With the completed 18-hole irrigation system, the excellent green and fairway conditions make for a wonderful 3½-hour walking round, and the easy 30-minute ride isn’t much more than it takes to get across Lincoln.

The event facility has plenty of room for 250 people, and has seen a significant increase in use for weddings and other celebrations because of the new floor and paint, as well as an improved marketing strategy. Membership is steady, and rounds were up to 25,000 last year compared to 16,000 just three years ago.

Senior golfers have always been one of the key groups playing weekday golf at most area courses, and Ashland has provided an attractive rate at $29 with a cart. For all memberships, weekday and weekend rates, see www.ashlandgolfclub.com. Discount coupons will also be available in upcoming Neighborhood Extra and Star City Sports issues and online.

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