Great Southern Golf Course Gets Improvements

The Fourth Green at Great Southern is the most photographed golf hole in the State, but things weren't so picturesque here after the storm.

"We lost 2,000 trees. We were without power for a couple of weeks, so we had quite a few problems," said Eddy Miller, Board Member for the golf course.

The fourth and eighteenth greens at the course were badly damaged by Katrina.

"We just opened them today. It's been a long struggle. They've been working them real hard. We've been a little understaffed with maintenance due to budgeting, but they've done a heck of a job getting those two greens back up. It means a lot. It's actually two years and three days to the date, and we finally got to step back on them," said Tim McCabe, the couse's Golf Pro.

Not far from the 18th hole, cool drinks and snacks were being served up at Great Southern's new grille. It's housed inside a trailer.

"We're proud of our double wide, and we had a single wide before we got our double wide, and it's nice inside. If you haven't been in, you ought to check it out," Miller said.

But Golf Course leaders say there were also some monumental obstacles along the road to improvement.

"We ended up having to file suit against our insurance company that had it insured. They refused to pay us so we filed in federal court. We got our money. We were able to come back and restore the course to its usual beauty," Miller said.

Great Southern Golf Course will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.