Country View endures winter

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

Like many onion packaging owners, Scott McKinney saw the winter storms bring enough snow to destroy a shed and trigger a call to the insurance adjustor.

This past winter destroyed a shed at the Country View Golf Course located outside of Vale. The contents of the shed, including both fairway and green mowers, were destroyed too.

“Four of the mowers were just plain smashed,” said McKinney. “I have the insurance money in hand and am looking for mowers now.”

Apart from the lost equipment, the course is looking great for this time of the year, according to McKinney. In fact, the depth of snow proved to insulate the grass and with the warmer weather here, everything is looking good.

“The greens are greening faster than normal,” said McKinney. “All the course is open and looking good. The recent rains, ones that carry natural nitrogen, have really helped things get a jump start.”

With golfers starting to make their way out for a round, Country View is focusing on the summer months. As the lone course in the county, golfers are already hitting the links.

“We really want people to know we are here for reunions, anniversaries, weddings and business outings,” he said.

Unlike many facilities around the area, Valley View has a beer and wine license. McKinney said the course is planning on evening events like music and wine on the patio.

“For events, we are open to a number of different restaurants and individuals catering,” said McKinney.

McKinney said the course plans on continuing a summer golf camp for youth in the early part of July and will continue to host a number of tournaments throughout the summer.