Beau Pre’ Country Club to open in July

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 8, 1999

Beau Pre’ Country Club is scheduled to open in July of 1999. The 18-hole golf course located off Highway 61 South just outside the city limits, was originally scheduled to open next month.

&uot;Due to a lot of different circumstances, we’re not going to be able to make that deadline,&uot;&160;said Beau Pre’ vice-president Woody Allen. &uot;Anytime you’re doing outside construction you’re going to have problems you never anticipated. But everything is still going fine and we’re looking to put in our last planting in the spring.&uot;

While disappointed in the postponement, Allen said opening the spring may be beneficial in the long run.

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&uot;As for the golf course, we’ll be opening during the peak time for growing,&uot; he said. &uot;The new grass will not be challenged like it would over the winter.&uot;

Allen, who met with Beau Pre’ shareholders Thursday night at Belwood Country Club, said construction on the golf course should be about 60 percent completed by the end of this month.

&uot;Each hole is at a different stage,&uot; he said.

Allen said the clubhouse is expected to be completed by next December.

&uot;We’ll have a temporary clubhouse until then,&uot; he said.

Allen said Belwood will still be used for golf play and tournaments until Beau Pre’ opens.

&uot;That’s provided the county doesn’t need an industry to locate here,&uot; said Allen, referring to the fact that the county purchased Belwood. &uot;We got an extension on our lease. There doesn’t appear to be a problem there.&uot;

Allen said the NGA/Hooters Tour is still planning on holding a tournament here next year.

&uot;They had talked about having a tournament here in September to try out Beau Pre’, but because of the postponement they just may put us on the spring schedule,&uot; he said. &uot;That’s really their call.&uot;

Allen said the shareholders have been very supportive and understanding.

&uot;They are well pleased with how everything is going,&uot; he said. &uot;When July and August comes around, the delay will be forgotten and there will be nothing but fun times.&uot;