Citizens in the Vidalia Area are being asked to Join Hawk’s Point Golf Course in Vidalia
Citizens in the Vidalia area are being asked to join Hawk’s Point Golf Course in Vidalia because of the role it plays in economic development, raising money for community charities and supporting high school golf teams.
“It’s more than just a golf course,” club professional Paul Claxton told a “Save the Golf Course’’ meeting last Thursday night. The meeting was prompted after the course closed Monday, July 17. Because of concern shown at the meeting, it was announced Saturday the course was reopening Monday, July 23 to give supporters 60 days to attract 100 new members. Claxton predicts a membership of at least 200 members will provide a path to making the course self-supporting.
He noted charity tournaments like the annual Sweet Onion Classic, the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce and multiple others raise thousands of dollars for local charities and projects. The Sweet Onion Classic, which is scheduled for mid-September, has raised $4 million over its 26-year history. Last year the United Way tournament raised more than $12,000 to support community service agencies in Toombs, Montgomery and Wheeler counties. The Chamber of Commerce also holds its annual tournament at Hawk’s point as do numerous other organizations and schools.
Bill Mitchell of the Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce said Hawk’s Point is part of the economic development package that companies consider when they make decisions to bring new businesses and jobs to Toombs County.
Paul Claxton began his trek to the PGA Tour on the Vidalia golf course and is part of the tradition of state champion high school golf teams in Vidalia. Without Hawk’s Point, area high school teams will have to go out of town to play an 18-hole golf course. The course is the home course of the Vidalia Lady Indians who have won five consecutive state AA championships and six of the last seven.
Golfers and non-golfers who would like to support the effort to keep a golf course open in Vidalia may contact Claxton at the golf course on Loop Road, call him at 537-9256, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost of an individual membership is $125 per month and includes all members of a family living in a home. Corporate memberships are also available.