On February 13, 2015 local Gananda residents and longtime Blue Heron members, Tom and Debbie Mayberry, along with a small group of investors, purchased Blue Heron Hills Golf Club.
The golf course along with the restaurant and wedding and banquet facilities will be under new management.
Tom Mayberry, managing partner, stated “the goal of the new management team will be to give their golfing members and public players a “private country club experience” while playing at a semi-private course.”
In addition to its new name, The Golf Club at Blue Heron Hills features a new staff including a new superintendent, a new assistant, and a new mechanic.
According to Mayberry, plenty of upgrades are planned to make The Golf Club at Blue Heron Hills a “pristine golf club”. Among the first things to be addressed will be the playability of the sand traps, upgrades to on-course restrooms, and new carts. The club is also investing in new equipment to ensure the greens and fairways are kept in immaculate condition.
Tom also wants to cater to the local community and offer a great eating experience at their bar and grill called “The Gananda Pub at Blue Heron Hills.”
The new restaurant will be open six days a week. Upgrades to the kitchen and restaurant are planned and the pub will feature a new chef and staff. Their plan is to open the restaurant on or before April 1st.
Tom shared his reasoning for buying the club and his desire to make the club a place for the community and for families.
“I personally felt there needed to be a revitalization to the club and a meeting place for the community.”
He plans on hosting local community groups and shared plans to host movie nights for the kids so parents can play nine holes while their kids watch a movie and have some popcorn.
The club will again host many high-profile local and regional tournaments and will welcome area colleges as well as act as a home course for the Gananda High School golf team.
When asked if a nationwide drop in golf memberships and interest in the game worried him, Tom stated “If you provide the customer a good product, they’ll come. I want to get kids involved and host more youth golf programs to renew interest in the game and get families to the club”.
Built in 1987, Blue Heron Hills was designed by Peter Craig and Dick Bator, with advice from developer Nelson Leenhouts and a team of landscape architects, environmentalists, and golf professionals, including Jack Nicklaus. As a championship-level course, Blue Heron Hills has been a regular venue for exhibitions, charity tournaments, and top amateur competitions.
“The course offers a unique playing experience for golfers of all abilities. When compared to other courses in the area, there’s nothing quite like the natural beauty and wildlife that surrounds the course”, said Mayberry.
An open house will be planned and advertised over the next few weeks and new membership golfing specials will be offered until March 15, 2015.
For more information call, Dan Cordaro, General Manager, at (315) 986-5888 or go to their website at blueheronhillsgc.com.