100-year-old Vincennes golf course gets new ownership, renovation plans

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VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The golf course formally known as Country Club of Old Vincennes was officially purchased this week by a small group of local business leaders and is being renamed Cypress Hills Golf Club. 

The new ownership group said in a news release that its overall vision is to not only bring the 100-year-old golf course back to its former glory, but also improve the infrastructure and culture. 

“Collectively, we are truly looking forward to this project for the benefit of our community,” co-owner Eli McCormick said. “We feel as though we have done our homework and have aligned ourselves not only with other local business leaders in the community, but also industry experts who are eager to help. As a result, we feel as though we have a really good understanding and game plan on how to make this project work for the long term. We truly want this golf course to be something that the community is proud of many years to come.”

Within their short term goals, the Cypress Hills managers have formed a list of capital improvements that will begin this fall. At the top of the priority list is addressing the course’s shape.

“New greens will be essential to the success of the course,” co-owner Tim Vieke said. “Our team has hired a golf course superintendent and has already began formulating a plan to address these issues. Although it might seem as a monumental task, we are certainly looking forward to having new and improved greens by spring time, assuming everything goes according to plan.”

The group also said they have plans to improve the fairways, roughs, cart paths and tee boxes. The owners also said they have been working with a local business to bring a new restaurant to the course and have plans to have it up and running by spring of 2022. 

“The plan, at this time, is to completely redesign the clubhouse,” co-owner Eric Niehaus said. “The pro shop needs to be moved upstairs and the clubhouse desperately needs walls taken down or moved in order to open the space, which will create an open and friendly environment for everyone to enjoy.”

Furthermore, the group has plans to build a pavilion to be able to host events and ceremonies.

“There is no question that there is a lot of work to be done in the coming months, but we are truly looking forward to bringing the course back to its glory,” co-owner Tony Burkhart said. “We are thankful for the previous ownership and all that they have done to this point. With the community’s support, we look forward to making these improvements and are hopeful that Cypress Hills Golf Club will become a staple in our community for many years to come.” 

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