ALTON — Area golfers who have golfed at The Woodlands Golf Club in Alton will attest to the great experience it offers.
The scenic course includes bluffs, rolling hills, a meandering creek and other picturesque backdrops. It can be a fun experience for casual golfers as well as a challenging one for the more experienced.
The Woodlands is hosting a two-person scramble tournament free to all veterans and active military service members on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The tournament starts at 11 a.m. at the course at 2839 Harris Lane.
Scott Schaefer is the manager and golf pro at the facility. He explains the many benefits the course offers to golfers.
“There are five sets of tees on each hole, so it’s a good course for any skill level,” he says. He outlines the features and notes one hole is atop an 80-foot bluff.
The course boasts some of the area’s best greens, comparable to tour-caliber courses. Along with the greens, zoysia tees and fairways complement the course and provide a near-perfect lie for approach shots. The overall scenery in the rural setting creates a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.
On a chilly October morning, the parking lot is nearly full. Schaefer explains the lure of the course brings golfers out whenever they are able all year long.
“They were out here this morning waiting for the frost to get off of the greens,” he says.
The club also hosts a Monday morning senior scramble every week for anyone 50 and older that offers the largest prize pool of any area senior scramble. The event requires no prior commitment and provides same-day cash payouts of prizes.
In addition to the club’s many golfing amenities, it has a banquet facility seating up to 270 and a wedding site overlooking the golf course.
“We have weddings here almost every Saturday,” Schaefer says. The banquet facility and wedding events are managed by his wife, Melissa.
Schaeffer notes The Woodlands’ sister facility in Jerseyville, Wolves Crossing, also is hosting a free tournament the same day and both locations are offering special membership rates that include up to six months free, savings on greens fees and preferred tee times.
Having opened in 1994, The Woodlands has been operating for more than 20 years. Schaefer has managed the facility for the past five years. The course is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. from Nov. 1 until March 31 and open from dawn to dusk the rest of the year. The tournament on Nov. 11 is The Woodlands’ way of honoring our nation’s service members, past and present. Anyone with questions about the tournament can contact Scott and Melissa at (618) 462-1456. They can answer questions about membership, course play or booking the banquet or wedding facilities. For information, visit www.golfhgm.com.
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