Golf has always been a popular pastime of residents of River Landing at Sandy Ridge. With the new, recently opened pro shop, residents are choosing to tee it up now more than ever.
Along with the new clubhouse, the pro shop offers residents a more complete golfing experience. Residents can buy golf shirts, jackets, balls, tees and other merchandise. Plus, they can enjoy access to the clubhouse’s two new dining options — the Overlook for fine dining and spectacular views of the golf course, and the Hilltop Pub for a more casual, relaxed meal or drink.
“The clubhouse has always been part of the plan,” says Scooter Nance, River Landing’s Director or Golf and Grounds. “When the time is right, we’re looking forward to holding golf events with social activities that the residents are accustomed to having.”
The clubhouse also offers outdoor seating and a large multi-purpose room, the Teeside Room, complete with a massive video screen, for hosting indoor events once it is safe for residents to gather again.
The clubhouse officially opened in March, just as the pandemic hit and caused communities everywhere to lockdown to avoid spreading the coronavirus. Even though the pro shop delayed opening until mid-June, the course stayed open exclusively to residents. According to Scooter, the course has been a welcome and safe escape for residents.
“We’ve had the most play we’ve ever had,” says Scooter. “But there’s still plenty of space for the residents to play.” Aside from closing the course during men’s and women’s golf groups that play every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the course is usually open to residents without a tee time. In fact, the pro shop only recommends tee times for Saturday mornings.
The game itself makes it easier to social distance. However, the pro shop staff quickly implemented various protocols designed to ensure the safety of residents and staff. For instance, couples playing together may share a golf cart. But playing with a friend requires separate carts.
The nine-hole course is a popular, iconic feature of the community, providing a lush backdrop of hardwoods, pines and rolling hills. “It’s a great course for our residents,” explains Scooter. “It’s challenging without being too difficult for all players.” Scooter would know. Before joining the River Landing family when the community started in 2003, he had worked at the Sandy Ridge Golf Course since 1993— the very course on which River Landing was built.
“I love it here,” adds Scooter. “It’s just an outstanding place to work.”