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Page 10 Community Spotlight Wednesday, August 8, 2012 ld And the Council Greens Golf Course The Adams ;ounty Record By Deb Wilson A surprise treasure of greenery lies off Highway 95 just south of Council. The Council Greens Golf Course runs 30 acres and 9 holes. Andy Goold of Council, a man of hard work and easy laughter, has run the course for the last 3 years. It's his first time leasing and running a business. No one seems sure when the original Council Mountain Golf Course started. Ferd Muller, a real estate developer, filed plat requirements for the first subdivision around the course in 1976. Sometime in the early 1980'S Bill Summers, Andy Clellan, Steve Herron, Bill Woodington, Henry and Anna Kamerdula, Russell Evans, Ralph Bass and oth- ers formed the Council Golf Association, throwing in money and hard work .to develop the course. "It on-the-job training" said Andy. Hailing from Missouri, Andy had moved here in 1982 and worked in the saw mill. 'Tm just a guy who stayed when the mill closed" he explained. At 52, he's had to scramble for any available work, like many Adams County resi- dents. He's worked in metal fabrica- tion, ranching, horseshoeing, construction, security work, truck driving and grounds keeping. "I'm really lucky my wife' works for the Forest Service" he sighed. Andy started playing golf 9 years ago functioning. The course Fortunately he has ships, which entitle them Basic]game equipment needs constant Weed cut- good friends and fel-to unlimited golfing. About can star, with a short set of ting and yearly fertilization, low golfers who help, like a dozen play regularly, five to stven clubs, includ- Rick Haskins and Don Humbird. Rick started playing in 1950, while caddying a nearby golf course at age 7. He was so good he played inter- national golf for the Army and dead spots require replanting. Too much snow causes snow mold; not enough snow, and the ice suffocates the grass. The complex water irri- gation system consists of a Others join to help the course stay available for the community. Anyone can play the 9 holes for as little as $10, less than the cost and travel time of a movie. And}, keeps golf clubs available for rent or loan, and members ing a putter, a 3-wood, 3- andS-hybrids, and a 7-iron and a 9=iron. The differen numbers mean different] lofts (anglesi on the foot of the club. The higher [ numbers mean more ar~gle; higher angles create higher ball flight. More !than 24 million are happy to people blay golf in the help new-Uhited" States. Forerunners comers. Andy of the [game started in says that high ancient Rome and China, school stu- with the Scotts develop- dents should ing the nore modern ver- come, and sion inthe fifteenth cen- he could givetury. G01f traveled to the them a specialAmerican colonies in the rate. late 17")O's, and gained Local busi-rapid l:opularity in the nesses spon-U.S. during the Roaring sor 2-3golf Twentie tournaments Earlie ;tballs were a year. Andy expensb"e, stuffed feath- would like to ers for: ed into leather have more, inpouches Tree gum balls was a good course" said with"friends, spite of the made game affordable Bill Summers, who still He owned hard work of around 1850. Now the plays, and laughingly calls a mower for his Council large pond and a 500-foot at NATO Headquarters set up. He praised Jerty s synthetiC, rubber thread, himself the longtime presi- school grounds keeping, weU which feed a huge in Paris from 1964-66. Auto Parts, which spon- gel or iquid centers are dent of the Hackers' Club. and has amassed several sprinkler system running Nineteen years ago he won sors a yearly tournament coveredlwith Surlyn (copo- The course and its sub- pieces of equipment need- throughout the course,a $10,000 hole-in-one in to benefit the junior high lymer),l alata, or urethane. ed for course maintenance. Golf courses require spe- cial grasses and specialized mowing. The two sides of the course, called the roughs, require a grass height of 2 inches, cut with a bush hog type of mower. Fairway grass gets mowed to inch, and the greens' Bent Grass is cut to 1/8 inch, smooth as a fine carpet. The fairway and greens reel mowers are very specialized for close cutting and aerator division changed hands often over the next sev- eral years, ending up with its current owner Steve Nash of Airdog, LLC, in Arizona, who instituted sweeping changes in the 92 housing lots and golf course name and location: With land sales plum- meting, the course was going to close three years ago. Nash approached Andy with a lease proposal, and Andy stepped up to keep it going. "It was all Andy carefully moni- tors the 69 stations which house 4 pop-up sprinklers each, 276 sprinklers in all. Maintenance on the mow- ing and irrigation equip- ment never ends. It takes thousands of dollars to keep a golf course going, and he's barely been able to make it. His day starts at 6:00 AM, when he sets the school water pipes, and he's often at the golf course from 7:00 AM until 8-10:00 PM, with a cou- ple of h-ours off for, you guessed it, a golf game~ "You can spend as much time working as you want" he admitted. "The job is never done." On the days when no one plays, Andy wonders if it's worth it. San Bernardino, and has won several different club championships. Don retired h re after35 years as a Deputy Director of Public Works. He'd been hunting in Idaho since high school, and was looking for property When he stopped at Council for a sandwich, found the golf course and bought a hous- ing lot nearby. Don loves all sports, but particularly appreciates golf because "you can play from a young age until a very old age" He enioys the camaraderie and fun with friends dur- ing the game. All the guys wish more people would try the game. 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