The Lady Bird Golf Course, originally built in 1969, is bringing excitement and money to Fredericksburg.
Alan Wooley has been working nearly nonstop for several months. As director of golf at the Lady Bird Golf Course he said the $2 million they put into the course has gone a long way.
"Just completely redid Lady Bird, all 18 holes," said Wooley. "And the practice facility includes new greens, new bunkers new fairway grass."
The nine-month project was the culmination of a lot of work but also a lot of faith.
The golf course won't be just another place to spend a couple hours on a Saturday morning, Wooley said they will attract conventions, charities and other major events that will have a huge impact in the city's economy.
"There's over a million dollars from economic impact just from the wages that are paid to the employees here at Lady Bird," said Wooley. "Not to mention the sales tax revenue that adds to the city."
The golf course is expected to make money within three years but the revenue created from the golfers and the visitors coming next week will be bringing new revenue into the city immediately.
City promoters said having an improved golf course is a worthwhile investment and it's also a way to keep up with tourism demands.
"That's one thing, one element here in Fredericksburg, that we were working to improve and now we have done that," said Amanda Koone of the city's Visitor's and Convention Bureau.
Local business owners are also excited about the attraction in town. They say once word gets out, it will benefit the entire city.
"We have heard through the grapevine that people are bypassing Fredericksburg and going to other courses," said Greg King, a local businessman. "So having this golf course back in play again is going to bring them all back into town again and it will help the tourism and spending of money while they're here."
Grand opening will be Friday, Sept. 28.
While the staff of 15 puts on final touches, everyone here is ready to start showing off this historic course for the next 42 years.
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