South Wales Golf Course is back in the swing

South Wales Golf Course is alive and well and back in business. Re-opened in April, the owner’s number one priority is customer satisfaction with good memories of their golfing experience. Tyler and Tommy Thompson look forward to welcoming back former golfers and meeting new ones. As is their mascot, Levon. Photo by Ian Chini
South Wales Golf Course is alive and well and back in business. Re-opened in April, the owner’s number one priority is customer satisfaction with good memories of their golfing experience. Tyler and Tommy Thompson look forward to welcoming back former golfers and meeting new ones.
As is their mascot, Levon.
Photo by Ian Chini

Much to the delight of area golfers, South Wales Golf Course re-opened in April. Owners Tommy and Tyler Thompson have spent the better part of last year improving features to the course including new tee boxes, sandtrap reconditioning, overseeding fairways, fairway drainage and removing some trees.

“We removed about 100 trees,” said Tommy Thompson, “with more than 30 inches of snow over the winter, we had a lot of standing water…that was challenging.”

“Even when we made the decision to close the course, we kept up with maintenance.”

For the Thompsons, improvements to the course are on par with their philosophy to offer their customers the very best golfing experience that they can and to keep prices reasonable.

Returning golf fans will discover an expanded and updated driving range that now includes a grass tee pad and yardage markers.

“We’ve got a several year plan for improvements,” said Tyler Thompson, “we’ll be doing it in phases.”

A fresh coat of paint and improvements to the outside deck have the club house looking quite pristine as it welcomes new and old golfers back to its rolling hills and woody terrain, a place of serenity and sanctuary that many, like South Wales resident John Hagarty, are jubilant to have back in action.

“The new manager, Jimmy Mauro, is a great ambassador for the course. He and his staff are most welcoming to golfers, an important attribute in building a loyal following,” says Hagarty adding, “the course is in good shape and improvements continue to be made. I think South Wales will be in its best condition in years within a few months. The greens are looking good. Now if it would just quit raining so I could get more golf in.”

Retired and living in the area for about four years, Mike McTamney lives southwest of Culpeper and has to drive 25-30 minutes to the nearest public course. He readily admits that not everyone can afford to join a country club and he likes to play a variety of courses.

“I am pleased to have South Wales back in the mix. Within the past year I have finally started playing once or twice a week. I had played the course once three years ago, and greatly appreciate some of the changes I see already,” said McTamney.

“The fairways on the back nine are wider, or at least the rough is shorter than the knee high tall fescue I remember,” mused McTamney, “there are several holes that play quite long, but I’m sure two weeks of rain have greatly contributed to that effect.”

Like Hagarty, McTamney appreciates the welcoming ambiance.

“South Wales has one of the nicest clubhouses in the area, and the people are friendly. And finally, I am happy to see a course with a walking rate. There are so few courses in the area that have a rate that doesn’t include the cost of the cart (or even allow walking). Being greatly in need of the exercise, I will take advantage of that this summer,” says McTamney.

The course has been in the family for decades. Ken Thompson, who passed away at the end of last year, visited Culpeper regularly bringing his family out even before he purchased the course in 1987.

“We have very fond memories of this place and wanted to keep it in the family,” says Tommy Thompson, “and we’ve received so many kind emails and phone calls from the community when we made the decision to re-open it.”

“It’s unbelievable when you talk with them…particularly the seniors group,” added Thompson, “we want to keep the rates low and have discounts for seniors, the military, juniors and ladies.”

The father-son duo is excited about, what is for them, a new venture in running the course. Tommy Thompson, a building contractor with a business anchored in Richmond, is the principal and his son, Tyler, will act as Director of Golf. He plans to be there roughly three days a week. Another familiar face is Taylor Ferguson. Pro shop manager Jim Mauro is available for lessons and Course Superintendent John Smith is well acquainted with the more than 200 acres of golfing landscape to keep well groomed.

Anita Sherman may be reached at anita@culpepertimes.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Box Box

 

South Wales Golf Course

18363 Golf Lane

Jeffersonton, VA 22724

540-937-3250

www.southwalesgc.com

 

Principal: Tommy Thompson

Director of Golf: Tyler Thompson

Pro Shop Manager: Jim Mauro

Course Superintendent: John Smith

 

 

Box Box

Rates at South Wales Golf Course

Weekdays Weekends and holidays

 

18 Holes-w/cart: $35 $42

18 Holes-walking: $27 $34

9 Holes-w/cart: $19 $22

9 Holes-walking: $14 $17

Twilight (after 2:00 pm)

18 Holes-w/cart: $28 $33

18 Holes-walking: $18 $25

9 Holes-w/cart: $15 $18

9 Holes-walking: $10 $13

Seniors (55), Juniors (14 & under), Ladies, and Military

18 Holes-w/cart: $31 $38

18 Holes-walking: $23 $30

9 Holes-w/cart: $15 $18

9 Holes-walking: $10 $13

Replays

18 Holes: $18 $20

9 Holes: $9 $10

 

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Anita Sherman is the editor of the Culpeper Times. You may reach her at anita@culpepertimes.com