Indian Creek Golf Club purchased, set to reopen in August

The former Indian Creek Golf Club has been purchased and is in the process of getting a makeover.

#When the golf course on Bypass Road opens in early August, it will have a new name — Ashton Hills Golf Club — and a new look.

#The new owners are investing $2 million in the course, which closed in November 2011. Bryan Raines, the golf pro at Indian Creek, is returning as co-owner and golf pro at the revamped course. The other owners are Eddie Miller, Randy Dickerson, Neal Baines and Bryan Pulliam. All but Baines are residents of Newton County and all enjoyed playing golf at Indian Creek.

#”We got together because we really didn’t want to see the golf course go away,” said Dickerson. The men said they appreciated the customer service they received at Indian Creek, and they intend to keep that up when Ashton Hills opens.

#The present bentgrass turf has been poisoned in preparation to replace it with Mini Verde Dwarf Bermuda grass that will be able to better withstand hot Georgia summers, Raines said. In addition, the contour of the course will be modified to better cope with the speed of the balls; Bermuda is a faster pulling surface than bentgrass, Raines said. The makeover also includes redoing bunkers, taking down trees to increase the “playability” of the course and provide access to sunlight the new turf will need; relocating tees so they are more accessible to older players — presently, the tees are quite a hike uphill — and potentially changing a couple of holes.

#”We want to keep the integrity of the design but make it a little softer in some areas so there’s a little more accessibility for those with higher handicaps,” Raines said.

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