Rolling Meadows golf course in Owen County is reopening after being shut down for the past nine months.
The former manager died last year, and there’s been an ongoing legal battle about who should take over.
Since a court appointed the Essig Golf Management company to take over management in May, the course has been making a comeback, although it hasn’t been easy.
Chip Essig says the conditions were out of control when his company stepped in.
“Nothing had been cut, nothing had been done all year, so it was a little daunting,” Essig says.
But after weeks of restoring the property, the course reopened Wednesday.
Owen County resident Rusty Terrell has been coming to this course since it first opened twenty years ago, and he says it’s important to the community because there aren’t many other courses nearby.
“This has been a real joy, for any golfer to be able to come out here and play an 18-hole, championship type course, so we hope it gets back in shape,” Terrell says.
Members of the staff say the phone has been ringing off the hook from residents who are excited about the reopening.
Terrell’s twelve-year old grandson, Colby Beckwith, first picked up a club at age four, and says he is excited to have the course back.
“I think people should come out here and play, because I think it’ll be really nice,” Beckwith says.
Rolling Meadows is still a work in progress—only the front nine holes are playable. But, Essig says he plans to have the back nine ready in the next few weeks.