Golf: Longtime pro Doll looks to spruce up Springbrook Golf Club
The longtime Michigan PGA card-carrying member once helped rebuild multiple Flint municipal courses as well as served as the head golf professional at Atlas Valley Golf Club, a private course in Grand Blanc.
Yes, Springbrook is back.
After being foreclosed on last summer, Doll and a private owners who reside in the Tampa, Fla. area look to bring the course back to life.
So far, so good.
“We’ve filled the dumpsters up already a few times,” Doll said. “We’re going to clean this place up. We’ve got new carpet coming for the clubhouse and it’s a change of ownership.
“We’re gutting the kitchen and starting over,” Doll added. “We’re not changing the layout, but my owners bought this place in cash so we’re in a good position to fix this place now.”
Overlooking Springvale Township and with a sparkling view of Boyne Mountain, Doll hopes to make Springbrook Golf Club among one of the more affordable, yet quality courses in the area.
“Our claim to fame is good greens and cheap rates,” Doll said. “You can’t beat the view, it’s as good as anybody’s.”
Monday through Thursday, greens fees are $12 for nine holes ($20 with cart), or $17 for 18-holes, ($35 with cart). On weekends, it’s $17 for nine ($25 with cart), or $22 for 18 ($40 with cart), junior, senior and twilight rates are also available.
Doll, who hails from Grand Blanc and is a graduate of Ferris State University, said Springbrook aims to promote and grow the game of golf throughout the facility.
“They’ve never had a golf professional here before,” Doll said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to rebuild this place. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t doing enough for the community. They have a wonderful place here.”
Doll said the course layout — which measures 5,643 yards — is very suitable for all types of players including women, kids and seniors.
“That’s what the make-up really is up here, those types of players,” Doll said. “We’re a niche in the market, we’re value and we have good greens for a low-end price. I believe when we’re in the mid season, our greens will be just as good as some private clubs.”
Swinging a hammer, wrench and paint brush more now than a 9-iron, Doll is working to spruce up the clubhouse dining area, kitchen, bar, rest rooms and pro shop.
“I think this can be a nice little place,” Doll said. “We’re looking to get some entertainment here, possibly host an open-mic night. Our Wednesday and Thursday leagues are already strong and there’s room for growth throughout our week.”
Springbrook opened for play on April 21 — among the first for many area courses — and plans to host their annual three-person scramble on Saturday, May 4.
“It’s a traditional thing they’ve been doing here in the past and we’re also trying to get afternoon scrambles going on the weekends,” Doll said.
Doll added Springbrook plans to host a GAM scramble event later this summer, and plans to stay open until early November.
“This will be a challenge and probably my toughest year, but I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Doll said.
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