A renaissance at Memorial Golf Course

Terry Mason makes a pass over the first tee box as he maintains Memorial Golf Course.

HURON — One of Huron’s longest serving recreation areas has seen a bit of a renaissance recently, as it continues to be the first choice for novice golfers, as well as the more experienced players as well.

“We have had some very generous donations,” said Jan Overbo, who, along with her partner Terry Mason, oversee the day-to-day operations at the venerable course, located in the complex that includes Memorial Ball Park, Klock Field, Memorial Park and the adjacent campground.

“Those donations include some new clubs that we have for rent,” she added. For golfers who haven’t progressed to the point of owning clubs of his or her own, having clubs available for rent encourages their participation. “We have added a left-handed set for men, have two right-handed set for ladies and three right-handed sets for men available for our players.”

In addition, Overbo noted that there are two junior sets, for when a youth golfer joins his or her parents or grandparents on the course, which are offered free of charge to accompany paid rounds.

Memorial Golf Course has always had pull carts available for rent, but have added four motorized carts, to allow golfers who may not be able to walk the course the ability to still get out and play.

Improvements have been made indoors at the small clubhouse as well, with a fresh coat of paint and the removal of old carpet in the facility.

In addition to caring for the course, Mason is a volunteer coach as well, and, to make it somewhat easier for golfers to walk the course, has begun mowing a walking pathway down the center of each fairway. Memorial hosts a small James Valley Christian School golf tournament each year as well.

Jan Overbo has created an attractive decoration area near the clubhouse at Memorial Golf Course.

The long-time nine-hole par 32 course was re-designed in 2008, when the city added Klock Field. The course was shortened to 1,700 yards and is now a par 29 — made up of seven par-three holes and closing with a pair of par-fours.

“The course is perfect for beginners,” Overbo said. “Learning the game in general and working on your short game in particular are benefits of playing down here.” For many years, numerous young golfers teed it up for the first time at Memorial Golf Course.

“And it doesn’t take a long time to play a round down here,” she said, sitting in an outdoor area overlooking the first tee box. “Folks can come down and easily play a round in the evening.”

Memorial Golf Course is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. There are staff on hand from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Golfers 14 and under play free, with junior green fees — for ages 15-18 — set at $7 and adults play for $10 for a nine-hole round. Ambitious golfers can come out and play all day for $15, on the honor system.

There are additional charges for cart rental, club rental, snacks and drinks. The course offers seasonal memberships as well as daily greens fees.

A new offering this year is the purchase of punch cards. For $80 plus tax, golfers get a punch card good for 10, nine-hole rounds, with a free 11th round when the punch card is used up.

Lessons are available through club pro Ben Dragt at Broadland Creek, then the students can put what they’ve learned into practice at Memorial.