By STEVE HANF
There was no debating the fact Stoney Creek Golf Club needed a facelift.
The only arguments began after the $2.3-million course renovation – once membership returned following an eight-month hiatus. Kim Worrel, Stoney Creek’s general manager, recalled with a smile the heated debate one particular foursome had in the clubhouse after a round of golf in August.
This hole is the best new one. No, this one went from worst to first. Finally, one member quieted the group.
“‘They’re all better, they’re all good – we could sit here all day talking about this,'” Worrel said. “That’s one of the greatest comments we hear – there’s not a weak link in the bunch out there.”
Changes abound, from a shift from par-72 to 71, to fewer bunkers sprinkled all over the grounds, to a mixture of elevated tee boxes and greens that allow golfers to – gasp! – actually see pins that used to be secreted away, even new bathroom facilities on both sides.
As for how long the course in eastern Guilford County, just minutes from Greensboro and Burlington, now plays, well, that’s a good question.