WILLIAMS - There's a lot to talk about these days when it comes to Elephant Rocks Golf Course, located at 2200 Country Club Dr. in Williams. Not only does the course offer a remodeled clubhouse, but city officials also recently welcomed Brent Redman to the fold as the club's new general manager. The clubhouse kitchen now offers a breakfast, lunch and a full bar.
"The clubhouse has been slightly remodeled, new tables, some new furniture over by the fireplace, a kitchen has been installed," Redman said. "In the past all that was served were hot dogs. Now we're doing sandwiches - a little more to offer to the golfers as far as the menu is concerned."
Redman, who operates the popular local facility with Head Professional Golfer Sean Radigan, said the course is currently in "fantastic shape."
"It's basically the two of us running the golf course," Redman said. "(Radigan's) basically my head pro. He runs the day to day, doing lessons, doing clinics - I don't know if that has been done before, but demo days are being offered this summer. Demo days are when the club manufacturers come out with their equipment. Customers can come out and try all their new equipment on our driving range."
Lessons include beginning training through advance players, Redman said.
"We've got a great practice facility up top, nice driving range, a good short game area to work on," Redman said. "We're trying to get more people to come out and take lessons. Sean is doing clinics. Clinics are $20 to $30 for three hours; typically it's a Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. We do it private instruction, where it's $45 for a half hour, or $120 for a series of three lessons. Typically four to six people are in a clinic."
This is Redman's first season at the club. Originally from Scottsdale, he moved to the area four months ago. Radigan is from Albuquerque, N.M.
"The golf course is great," Redman said. "It keeps us busy. I wish we could have a little bit nicer weather, but I am sure that's on the way. It's been awfully windy since we opened up in March. We do it with a staff of six, but the course is in great shape."
Anywhere from 70 to 150 golfers tee off at Elephant Rocks each day, Redman said. Over 180 golfers came out to the course on June 13.
"We have a Monday through Friday rate, a Saturday and Sunday rate, and then there's twilight times starting at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day," he added.
Golfer Sharon Gibson said she has been coming to Elephant Rocks Golf Course for the last two years after buying a house in the Williams area.
"It's beautiful. It's in great shape," Gibson said of the course, adding that she plays golf at least once a week at the course, if not more.
For tee times and more information, contact the course at (928) 635-4935 or visit them online at www.elephant-rocks.com. Elephant Rocks Golf Course is owned and operated by the city of Williams.