Ashton Hills ready for opening, tourney

COVINGTON -- After tweaking things here and there and letting nature take its course, Ashton Hills, formerly known as Indian Creek, is ready for its official opening and the golf tournament for the Eastside baseball team on Oct. 15.

The baseball tournament currently has 18, four-player teams enrolled and can accommodate up to 25 teams without getting to backed up. Besides the round of golf, the $280 per team fee includes lunch, a gift bag and chances to win prizes which include signed baseball and football memorabilia. Lunch will be served at noon with the shotgun start scheduled for 1 p.m.

The winning team will win a premium steak package of six filet mignons and ribeyes in a cooler for each player. The second place steak package includes four filet mignons/ribeyes in a cooler for each person while the third place prize consists of six ribeyes and a cooler.

There are various sponsor signs available ranging from hole sponsorships up to front door signs. The final day to sign up as a sponsor is Monday.

The final day to register a team or as an individual is Friday, Oct. 12. For more information on sponsorships or to register, contact Corey Womack at 678-764-2040 or by email at cwomack03@yahoo.com.

While time has done its part in helping the grass take root on and around the greens as well as the fairways, Bryan Raines, who is the director of golf, is doing his part by extending their initiation free membership until Oct. 15. Anyone becoming a member can enjoy benefits such as free range balls, 10 percent facility wide discounts, ability to play in all the member games and will receive one guest pass a month.

"The greens have really started to fill in. With all the changes we knew it could take time for the greens to get better," Raines said. "Putting new sand in the bunkers, it's always hard to hit out of it. They're good after getting them all packed down."

They have also bought new equipment to help bring the course up to par by bringing down the roughs, making them more playable.

"Since we were closed for nine months, the rough wasn't as healthy and the fairways weren't as healthy as they are now," Raines said. "We just bought a new piece of equipment so we can drop the heights of the roughs from two inches to an inch, inch-and-a-half."

In order to make the entire golf experience more enjoyable, they will have an outdoor cabana offering golfers a way to get a quick bite to eat while making the turn. The cabana will be open three days a week, usually Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

"We'll be serving golf-specific food like sandwiches, hot dogs and drinks. The three days its been open we've noticed a lot of people hanging out on the patio relaxing," Raines said.

The Village Grille menu will increase from a dinner/lunch menu to a lunch menu while adding daily lunch specials.

"There will be entertainment planned on a weekly basis. We'll have live music, it's going to be acoustic music," Raines said. "Then there's talk of other stuff but nothing has been set it stone."