Greenville Country Club members say goodbye

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 6:47 pm on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

About 100 people showed up to the Greenville Country Club on Saturday for a last toast. Many previous members came out to say their last goodbye to the club and reminisce on times spent there.

GREENVILLE — One final toast was held at the Greenville Country Club on Saturday just two days before its demolition.
The country club opened its doors in 1928 and closed in April of this year.
“It’s kind of depressing,” said Jim Malone.
Malone said he started coming to the club when we was 9 years-old working on the course.
He said he did everything from being a caddy for the players, to working on the greens and tended bar when he got older.
“I proposed to my wife on the No. 1 tee,” Malone said.
Malone, who was at the toast with his siblings that also worked at the club, was a member for about 35 years.
Harold Kohley, a member for about 40 years, said the country club was his vacation spot when he was a kid.
He rode his bike to the club to go swimming and golfing.
“It was a great place for kids,” Kohley said.
The Greenville Country Club was a place most will remember for spending time with family and teaching their children how to play.
“Playing with my daughter,” said Pat Caverley of his favorite memory at the country club.
He said he and his daughter would make bets based on who did better on the third hole.
Jim Beckman agreed playing with his four daughters at the course was his favorite memories there.
Bill Kemp said his favorite memory was of time he worked at the country club and as a kid.
He and some of the other caddies brought golf carts up from the clubhouse to the course to race them.
While racing, a cart ended up rolling down the hill on hole three.
“It was just after the club got the carts,” Kemp said. “The caddies were no long longer allowed to drive.”
Megan (Cushman) Ingles — a standout golfer while at Greenville High School — said she grew up at the country club.
“I have been coming here since I was born,” Ingles said. “My mom grew up here and I have been here since I can remember.”
As a child, she said she remembers that the children would get dropped off in the morning and would go swimming. After swimming, they would have golf lessons and then go swimming again.
“We spent hours and hours here,” she said.
One of her favorite memories is when she and the other children would camp out on the course.
“This is where I grew up,” Ingles said. “It’s the end of an era; it’s kind of sad.”
Ingles described the club as a place for socializing and said she is still friends with people she grew up with.
“This is the last goodbye for a lot of people,” Ingles said.
The demolition of the Greenville Country Club is set for today.
Property owners Todd and Stacey Taylor said they are not sure what the future will hold for the course, but they do plan to keep the property.
“At least for the near future,” Todd Taylor said.
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