GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — With Cliffside Golf Course on the verge of closing down, Jake and Heather Hall bought the course and almost immediately started making improvements.
“I think the community needs the golf course around here,” said Gallipolis native Jake Hall. “It has potential and I think we can make it a nice golf course.”
It was just a few years ago that Hall took up the game of golf, but it didn’t take long before he was hooked.
“They came to me and wondered if I’d be interested in helping out,” Hall said. “I thought I’d take the opportunity to see what I could do with it.”
Hall credits the members of the course with helping out with ideas for improvements.
So far under Hall, Cliffside has renovated all the bunkers on the course, as well as doing some landscaping around the course. The course also has new golf carts, new mowers for the fairways and greens, and a new computer system.
“It will probably take every bit of five years to get the course where it should be,” said Hall. “It’s not going to happen overnight and we are just taking things one step at a time.”
When Hall acquired Cliffside, the greens were completely burnt up on the eighth, ninth, and 10th holes.
“The greens were in bad shape,” said Hall. “But, my new grounds superintendent has done a pretty good job of getting them back where they need to be.
“Once we get the course in good shape and, as long as people keep supporting us, we’d like to build a clubhouse where people can come and have a decent dinner. But, that is down the road.”