Golf course improvements help Sugar Hill

SUGAR HILL - Recent improvements at the public golf course in Sugar Hill will help the city as it brands itself as a family destination for recreation, officials said.

For years, the city-owned golf course was used as a spray field for a Gwinnett County water treatment plant. The county stopped spraying the treated waste water on the golf course a few years ago when the treatment plant's capacity was exceeded.

Now that the golf course isn't sprayed with effluent water, the city has had the opportunity to make improvements, such as restructuring the greens with Champion Dwarf Bermuda turf, said Andy McQuagge, Sugar Hill's recreation director.

The city has also been improving the landscaping and taking out dead trees, McQuagge said. Future projects include improving the cart paths, which are a necessity on a mountain-style golf course, he said.

"I predict 2008, barring any type of major bad weather, could be the golf course's best year yet," McQuagge said. "Now, it's a golf course again. It's not just a spray field pretending to be a golf course."

Steve Edwards, a city councilman, said the golf course was an asset that Sugar Hill needed to fine tune - and it has.

"With a little TLC, we have really made the course shine," Edwards said.

Edwards said the public's use of the golf course has increased in recent years. The improvements at the course will also help the city reach its goal of making the course profitable or revenue-neutral, he said.

McQuagge said the golf course's rates are some of the best in the area, and city residents pay lower rates.

Resident rates are $29 on weekdays and $43 on weekends. The twilight fees are $25 on weekdays and $34 on weekends.

Others pay $39 on weekdays and $53 on weekends. Twilight fees are $32 on weekdays and $39 on weekends.

There are discounts on certain days for seniors who are at least 55 years old, children who are 15 or younger, students who have school identification and those who will walk the greens.