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Welcome Rick Howles!

 

rick howlesPGA DIRECTOR OF GOLF OPERATIONS

Rick Howles was raised in Ortonville, Michigan. At Brandon High School in 1986, he was named to the All-State Golf team by the Michigan State High School Athletic Association. After high school, Rick attended Oakland University where he played on the golf team and earned his degree in Business Management. In 1992, while representing the Oakland Team, Rick was named the Most Valuable Player by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Rick’s P.G.A. apprenticeship began at Atlas Valley C.C. where he was first introduced to instruction. From that point Rick worked his way to becoming the Assistant Professional at Indianwood Golf & C.C., a Wilfred Reid design that has hosted many major championships. During his 8 year tenure at Indiawood Rick held titles such as: Assistant Professional, Director of Instruction & Head Golf Professional. In 2004, Rick became the Director of Golf Operations at Wabeek Country Club.

Recently Rick decided to return home and join our team here at Atlas Valley as our Director of Golf Operations. Rick has set out to run a professional, full-service operation where both members and guests can fully enjoy themselves. Rick also has a passion to help players improve their golf games. He offers 28 years of teaching experience to players of all levels. He has studied and taken lessons from the likes of: Jim McLean, Rick Smith, Hank Haney & Scott Hamilton. Rick utilizes the V-1 teaching software providing detailed video analysis of the swing.

You can contact Rick at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact him with any questions you may have regarding the 2021 season!

See you in 2021

In our last blog post, we mentioned that we were really hoping to be open this golf season by Labor day or shortly after. However, after much debate, we have decided to remain closed for the rest of the season.

This was not an easy decision on our part, but we feel it is in the best interest of the golf course to use the fall to further enhance the playing experience for 2021. We are working tirelessly on the grounds and in the Clubhouse on exciting renovations we know you are going to love! We recently have begun the process of repairing all of the bunkers on the course. We are using a state of the art bunker liner that will produce some of the best bunkers in the state!

We have been overwhelmed with the response we have gotten from old members and interested golfers looking to play this season. We know the decision to stay closed this season will come as a disappointment to some, but we are confident that the wait will be worth it.

In the meantime, we have gotten a lot of interest from groups looking to move their league to Atlas Valley. We know that your current spot may need a confirmation by the end of the year. We will have more information regarding leagues within the next few weeks. Please fill out the form here to stay informed on everything league related: www.atlasvalleygolf.com/league-info

Thank you all for your continued interest and support. We can’t wait to welcome you all to the new and improved Atlas Valley in Spring of 2021!

Atlas Valley Status Update

The past few months have been very busy here at Atlas Valley. We are still working extremely hard to get the golf course back in pristine shape and to finish a multitude of renovations inside the clubhouse. We experienced some delays due to quarantine restrictions, but we are working hard to make up for lost time. We have a grounds crew of roughly 10 people working around the clock on the course bringing it back to life. We want to make sure that when we are able to open, we can welcome you to a safe, beautiful, updated golf course experience.

We are also pleased to announce that we have hired our full time superintendent, Andrew Dalton. Andrew comes to us from Metamora Country Club with over 20 years of experience. We are excited about what Andrew’s enthusiasm and experience will bring to the table. With this new addition and our current growing crew, we know that the golf course is in great hands.

We know all of you are very anxious to come out and play and to see all of the great updates we have been working on. We do not have an official open date yet, however, we are hopeful that we can be open this fall. We appreciate the continued interest and support from this community! We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Atlas Valley Update

THE COURSE

2020 has not started the way anyone had planned, but that is not stopping us. We are back on the golf course, working hard to get Atlas Valley back open Our new irrigation has been installed and ready for operation, our ground crews are preparing the course for play with all new groundskeeping equipment and a complete renovation of the bunkers will be underway soon!

We are getting very close to having the course ready for play and we are very excited how the course is taking shape.

New Carts - We are very happy and excited on another major enhancement to the course - this year we will have a fleet of brand new Yamaha golf carts!! These award winning golf carts will offer the performance and luxury that we feel the course deserves and can't wait for you to try them out.

Please look for a post from us next month to announce when play can resume at the course - we are hoping sometime in July!

THE CLUBHOUSE

This winter was spent inside the clubhouse which is undergoing complete restoration/renovation. You will be thrilled to experience a beautiful new banquet space with many exciting renovations including the addition of a magnificent fireplace that is sure to be a focal point for any function.

Our newly renovated pro shop will be stocked with all of your favorite name brand golf attire, as well as all of your golf necessities. We are proud to announce we are partnering with Callaway and Titleist this year and will be offering their complete line of clubs, balls, apparel and

accessories.

OPEN PLAY AND MEMBERSHIPS

We plan to open the course to the public, while also offering some membership packages. Memberships will include the use of our expansive locker rooms, preferred tee times, yearly tournaments and discounted food and beverage as well as other perks for being part of our family. Although we do not have pricing at this time, we are working diligently to get all of this information together and hope to include this information in our next post.

Please make sure you subscribe to our website to stay informed of the course's progress, and look out for exciting updates as we anxiously await our grand opening!

Thank you for your continued interest on our club, and we look forward to bringing world class golf back to Atlas Township!!!

Wire, Wire, Everywhere!

After taking ownership of Atlas Valley, we decided that there was no time like the present to update the irrigation system! With over 40 miles worth of wire to run and thousands of feet of PVC pipe to lay, it was quite an undertaking, but we managed to get it all installed before the first snowfall in November! There are still a few loose ends to tie up in the spring, like backfill and wiring the control boxes, but we are very excited for the progress we have made so far. Our next project will be adding in some drainage lines in areas around the golf course that are known to stay wet (holes 6,7,8, and 17, for example). We appreciate your patience as we complete these updates. These much needed renovations are sure to make your next visit to the course one to remember and then quickly repeat. Stay tuned for more updates as we reestablish Atlas Valley as one of the premier places to play golf!

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