Centennial Vincennes golf course gets new owner and renovation plans


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

The new group of owners said in a press release that their overall vision is not only to return the century-old golf course to its former glory, but also to improve infrastructure and culture.

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

As part of their short-term goals, Cypress Hills managers have compiled a list of capital improvements that will begin this fall. At the top of the priority list is the shape of the course.

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

The group also said they plan to improve fairways, roughs, wagon paths and tee boxes. The owners also said they are working with a local company to bring a new restaurant to the course and plan to have it up and running by spring 2022.

“The plan, for now, is to completely redesign the clubhouse,” said co-owner Eric Niehaus. “The pro shop needs to be moved upstairs and the clubhouse is in desperate need of walls dismantled or moved in order to open up the space, which will create an open and friendly environment for everyone to enjoy.”

In addition, the group plans to build a pavilion to accommodate events and ceremonies.

“There is no doubt that there is a lot of work to be done in the coming months, but we are really looking forward to bringing the course back to its glory,” said co-owner Tony Burkhart. “We are grateful for the previous owners and for everything they have done so far. With the support of the community, we look forward to making these improvements and hope that the Cypress Hills Golf Club will become a staple in our community for many years to come.

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