As a new season begins, Fallon Golf Course welcomes Marty Davis as the new Professional Golfers’ Association pro and general manager after he accepted the position with Fallon Golf Course, Inc. (FGC).
Alan Kalt, FGC board president, said Davis was moved by the welcome and support he received from Fallon’s golf community.
According to Kalt, Davis has 30 years experience in golf. He has worked as a golf professional as well as in course maintenance, club restaurants and course management. He has also created instructional programs for new and experienced players.
“As a board we’re very excited,” Kalt said. “We’re excited for the future and the different things Marty brings to the golf course.”
While he does not officially start until March 13, golf-course members were able to meet Davis during a “meet the pro” scramble tournament in February.
The overall winner of the tournament was team “Found It” with seven under par; Kalt noted this is their fourth consecutive win in a scramble tournament. There were also individual winners for getting closest to a given hole. Winners were presented with an engraved cup.
The golf course board also presented an honorary membership to RL Johnson for 2017. According to Kalt, Johnson is 97 years old and still actively plays golf; Kalt said it’s a testament to golf being a lifetime sport that anyone can play.
The course is open seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, weather permitting. Food is served only during the weekend with the clubhouse serving breakfast and lunch.
Recent weather has led to some issues on the course. Flooding has caused water damage in some areas, but Kalt said it’s not severe and course employees are working on repairing the landscape.
“I’d rather see it there (on the course) than flooding someone’s house,” he said.
The golf course staff is excited and getting things ready for the season. Kalt said the maintenance staff is cleaning and repairing the course and ensuring everything is in good shape for players.
Kalt said the board is expecting to bring on additional staff in the near future. Additional staff would be in maintenance, the bar and restaurant.
Kalt also said the community seems excited for the changes at the course; he added they are gaining new members since the course re-opened at the start of January. The course was closed in December when FGC took over.
“There’s an excitement about this upcoming golf season,” Kalt said. “We hope to grow beyond just four new members. We’d like to see a lot more.”
The Fallon Golf Course is also open to the public, and costs $15 to play. Kalt said everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the facility. He said making it more accessible to the general public was one of FGC’s goals.
“It’s a great place for kids to learn the game of golf and spend time with family and friends out enjoying nature,” he added.