NCR Country Club in Kettering (OH), site of the 1969 PGA Championship, 1986 US Women’s Open and 2005 US Senior Open, will invest several hundred thousand dollars into a new short-game practice facility. The club’s board approved the project this week, which will take place on six acres that had been a second practice/driving range. Steve Bolerjack, COO of NCR Country Club, said construction will begin immediately.
Hurdzan Golf Design in Columbus performed the design and layout work while the earthwork and shaping will be provided Tom Topp, Owner of Toppshape Enterprises in Kettering.
“This practice facility, the only one of its kind in the Miami Valley, will provide our 575 golf members with an entirely new option as it relates to time commitments in playing and practicing golf, as well as introducing the game to beginners,” Bolerjack said.
NCR Country Club is one of several Dayton-area courses that is putting money into its facilities to stay ahead in the hyper-competitive golf industry.
Golf is big business for the economy, with thousands of workers employed at peak season between more than 90 public and private courses. A thriving golf scene also necessary to attract and retain talent, especially at the executive level.
Bolerjack said the new practice facility also will complement the new putting surfaces on the South Course Greens that opened for play about nine months ago. That project was a $750,000 investment.
Originally published in the 19 March edition of The Dayton Business Journal.