Committed to family-oriented atmosphere
The local golf course is getting a makeover. New owners, Helper and Kristy Nutt and Dustin and Amanda Powell, have made the commitment to open the Carthage Country Club with the emphasis on a family-oriented atmosphere.
Long-time friends, the new owners entered into this venture wanting to create a place that the whole family could enjoy. "We both have children about the same ages, and they love coming out here. Helper has grown up on this golf course, and we want our kids to have that same opportunity. When the other clubhouse burned down and the course went up for sale, we knew it was our chance to step in and make this a place that everyone could enjoy," said Kristy Nutt. "We plan on organizing fun activities for the wives and kids, not just the men. We want to show people that we're really serious about making this a family-friendly business."
The new clubhouse will feature a pro shop with items for the avid golfer, as well as a snack area for all ages to enjoy. A game room for kids will be in the upstairs area and will be furnished with televisions and various video and arcade games. An L-shaped pool will highlight the outdoor area with a shallow end for children and sunbathers. The deeper end will be for teenagers to swim and play volleyball and basketball. It will be large enough to be used as a lap pool for those who want to exercise, plus it will have an area for outdoor cooking and parties. The restaurant will feature a menu of hamburgers, salads and sandwiches. Steak and seafood will be available Friday and Saturday evenings. The clubhouse will be a non-smoking facility.
April will be a busy month for the new owners. A formal, meet-and-greet black tie event will be hosted to give the public an opportunity to tour the new facilities. After the Steptoe Tournament on April 23, the greens will be ripped up and replanted which will make them unusable for 6-7 weeks. During this time, the clubhouse and pool will be open to members. A new irrigation system has been put into place and new cart paths line the fairways. An additional cart shed will be built soon, and plans are in the works for a driving range to be added. Amanda Powell says, "Along with the usual tournaments for adults, we plan to host several events that will get the entire family involved. We're looking at a kid's camp for the summer, a glow-in-the-dark tournament, an organized ladies' league, and possibly game nights for the entire family. We want to provide something for everyone."