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ColoVista's Comeback

Updated: Friday, July 12 2013, 02:31 PM CDT

A great thing about golf is that one bad shot or one bad hole usually isn't enough to mess up a round. Bastrop's ColoVista golf course is putting its ball back in play after going out of bounds...for four years. But maybe you're not a golfer. How about a football analogy? This is Texas after all.

"A golf course is always changing," said ColoVista superintendent Jeff Henson. "It's just like one continuing football play."

Superintendent Jeff Henson and general manager Ryan Bell are trying to tackle one heck of a project.

"We came into a situation that was definitely a daunting task," said Bell.

Just 12 years after it opened, a sticky financial situation forced ColoVista to close down in February 2009. Two years later, the Bastrop wildfires took their toll on the track once voted the best course in Texas.

"We lost some homes in the community here at ColoVista, as well as having the wildfires spread out across some of the holes at the golf course," recalled Bell.

After the Property Owners Association took over the course in 2012, Billy Casper Golf was selected to manage the facility this spring. In a little more than three months, ColoVista has been transformed from preposterous to par 72.

"We have installed champion Bermuda greens and are restoring the fairways and tee boxes as we speak," explained Bell. "We are also reconstructing all of the bunkers of the golf course as well."

The fairways are still a work in progress, but where they are versus where they were is like comparing Augusta National to a pitch & putt.

"We had volunteers, as well as our maintenance staff, step-up to get on tractors to mow fairways that you couldn't see over the top of the tractor," Bell recalled.

It'll take time for ColoVista to return to its former glory. Remember, it's like one continuing football play and here in Texas - it's always football season. But finally the folks at ColoVista can say it's golf season, too.

"We are all getting a second chance to make something work that was very important to us that died and went away," said Henson.

by Adam Winkler
ColoVista's Comeback


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