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Golfers look forward to changes at course

June 10, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Patrons of Locust Hill Golf Course outside Charles Town are looking forward to improvements planned by the new owners.

"I think the new clubhouse will be a nice addition," Don Clendening, 59, of Charles Town, said Tuesday at the course.

Locust Hill Golf Course was recently purchased for $3.75 million by a New Jersey group operating as AZ Golf Club of West Virginia LLC.

The course was owned by Locust Hill Links.

"They say they'll make improvements to the course. I think it's a great course now. Any improvements will just make it that much nicer," Clendening said.

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Scott Kompa, general manager at the golf course, said the new owners have plans to build a new clubhouse and improve the holes.

"We're trying to build membership," Kompa said.

As part of the plan to increase membership, the $5,300 initiation fee required by the previous management is no longer being charged. He said the initiation fee did not give people a reason to join because they still had to pay an annual fee of $850.

The golf course now allows unlimited play at an annual cost of $850 for an individual or $1,000 for a family membership. The cost covers greens fees, cart rental and a 10 percent discount on items purchased at the pro shop.

Golfers who do not want to purchase an annual membership can pay the greens fees of $30 Monday through Thursday, $34 Friday and $42 on Saturday and Sunday, Kompa said.

The membership has increased from 40 to 57 members since AZ Golf took over May 22, Kompa said.

Bob Gause, 56, of Keedysville, said he plays occasionally at the course, but is considering joining next year.

He said the family membership of $1,000 is $250 cheaper than what he pays at another course he uses.

"I think they'll make good improvements here," Gause said.

Julie Tinsman, 34, of Winchester, Va., said she was looking forward to a new clubhouse.

"That's been something of a holdback, but they have a great course, so we keep coming back," Tinsman said.

Kompa said construction of the new clubhouse and improvements to the holes could begin in the late fall and be complete next year.

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