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Michaywe-The Pines
By Art McCafferty

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Jim Sparling and Debbie Collins of The Pines at Michaywe.

Jim Sparling , golf course superintendent and Debbie Collins, the pro shop manager of Michaywe, are all smiles these days. After a long legal battle, the Michaywe Owners Association is now in control of the destiny of The Pines. The ownership is now plowing money back into the course and clubhouse. The restaurant, pool and banquet area have all been remodeled.

The course received a new pump house, tee boxes and renovation of the 18th hole. At the 18th they bulldozed out a small cattail-filled pond and made it much bigger. It really helps to make it a prettier and more challenging hole. They are also adding a number of forward tees to make the course a little friendlier for women and seniors. In addition, they have renewed their fleet of carts.

The property will be open year-round to accommodate the 900 families that live in the area. During the winter, folks will be able to go cross country skiing on the property, but the old ski hill will not be reopened.

Both Jim Sparling and Debbie Collins feel that golfers will be more willing to play the course now that the facility has been upgraded.


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