Originally created 02/28/01

Golf club to celebrate 10th anniversary

The following is not a misprint: Aiken's Cedar Creek Golf Club is nearing its 10th anniversary.

It's hard to believe the Arthur Hills-designed gem will have been open a decade as of March 30.

Cedar Creek will observe the anniversary the weekend of March 16-18.

For those three days, the course is turning back the clock by charging green fee rates comparable to 1991. On Friday, March 16, the price will be $20. It will be $30 on March 17-18.

Also, on March 17 a tournament for current and former members will be held. Those wishing to play should call Cedar Creek at (803) 648-4206.

Lance Bailey has spent seven years at Cedar Creek, first as an assistant pro (1992-93) and now as head pro (since 1996). The biggest change he's seen is the makeup of the membership.

"We lost a bunch of members when the Savannah River Site started laying off employees in 1994," Bailey said. "At that time, real estate at Cedar Creek hadn't taken off. Our real estate company (Cedar Creek Properties) started targeting the northern market and have brought a lot of retirees to Aiken. We still have a lot of SRS members, but our membership has gone from mainly shift workers to retirees who play a lot during the week."

Of the 145 members of the club, Bailey said at least 100 are seniors.

REGIONS DATE: The date for the Regions Cup's Camellia Classic at Belle Meade Country Club in Thomson has been announced. It will be May 26-27, making it the third event of the 11-tournament series. The Camellia Classic will follow the Savannah Lakes Village Classic (April 21-22) and the Gordon Uhl/Golf Capital Invitational (May 19-20). The only tournament that hasn't set its date is the River Club Open.

HOUNDSLAKE PRO: New Houndslake Country Club head pro Bo Bowden has big plans for the 27-hole private course in Aiken, starting with pleasing the membership.

"My desire is to make this as service-oriented as possible," said the 44-year-old Macon native. "I want to make golf as fun as I can and create as many magic moments as possible. We want to make their day here as enjoyable as possible."

Bowden, who has been on the job since Feb. 1, replaced Brandt Winslette. Bowden was hired by the purchasing group HGC LLC, headed by Weldon Wyatt, which bought Houndslake on Nov. 30.

One of the owners' new rules - the mandatory use of golf cars on weekends and holidays before 1 p.m. - has made it hard for Bowden to please members who traditionally walk. The rule was enforced the week before Bowden arrived.

"It's one of the necessary changes," Bowden said. "It's partly to speed up play, and it's an opportunity to generate revenue in the morning time."

Bowden has been a head pro at four courses, the previous one being Crescent Golf Club in Salisbury, N.C., where he'd been since 1997. He started as an assistant pro and then head pro at Valdosta Country Club, working there from 1986 until becoming the head pro at The Moors in Pensacola, Fla., in 1992.

A fellow club pro in the Georgia section of the PGA of America alerted Bowden that the Houndslake job was open.

Bowden played golf at Georgia Tech from the 1975-79. One of his teammates was former Augustan and Masters champion Larry Mize.


Entries are being accepted for the 16th annual Mr. Perry's Invitational at The Club at Jones Creek. A Pro-Am isscheduled for March 16, followed by the 36-hole tournament March 17-18.

For more information, call Jones Creek at 860-4228 or Perry Aaronson at 799-9443.

Reach David Westin at (706) 724-0851.


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