Hillandale Golf Course in Durham, N.C. Set to Reopen

On Thursday, August 2, the oldest golf course in Durham, N.C., Hillandale, will hold a ceremony to unveil a project that restored its greens. The $500,000 project involves new and improved greens as well as updated and improved signage and new carts for rent. The pro shop also underwent a makeover that includes a golf library and Niblick's Grille.

Beginning at 10 a.m., Durham Mayor William V. "Bill" Bell and other dignitaries will discuss the historic and economic impact of the course, known as the "granddaddy" of the Durham and Research Triangle Park area.

At 11 a.m., Hillandale's operator, Amerazil Golf, will join the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the release of 100 biodegradable balloons to celebrate the facility's 100 years of golf.

At 1 p.m., a Family Fun Day will include tours of the recent improvements, a putting contest, a visit from Wool E. Bull, face-painting and other kid-friendly activities, free clinics on the driving range, as well as a visit from the Parlour Ice Cream Truck. At 1 p.m., tee times will begin. Golfers can book their tee times for that day at www.hillandalegolf.com or by calling 919/286-4211.

According to Karl Kimball, co-founder of Amerazil Golf and a retired PGA Tour player, Hillandale had to undergo the recent improvements. "The course needed them, and if we want to be competitive we have to understand that our golfers deserved so much more from the course. From start to finish, this is going to be a transformation of the Hillandale experience," Kimball said.

"A visit to a golf course is no different than anything else. Customers deserve to have an experience that recognizes they are valued and appreciated. They will get that at Hillandale now, like they have never gotten it before."

Green fees, including cart, will not exceed $42. "We think we're making the course worth what people have been asked to pay all along. A round of golf is entertainment and it shouldn't be limited to those with deep pockets," Kimball added.

Kimball noted that Hillandale will continue to support Adaptive Golf, a program that bridges the gap between the existing ability of the player and the game in its traditional form. Hillandale also provides junior golf clinics and camps for children ages 5 to 16.

Hillandale also supports its H.E.A.R.T.S. Club, a partnership with the Duke Children's Hospital Pediatric and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. According to Kimball, the program helps families, children and parents have an easier path while fighting this health battle. The program name is derived from "Hillandale Embracing A Really Tough Situation."

For more information about the reopening ceremony, contact Donna Kimball at 919/286-4211 or by email at donnak@hillandalegolf.com.

About Hillandale Golf Course

Hillandale is the oldest course in Durham. It was built in 1911 on land donated by John Sprunt Hill - named after one of Durham's captains of industry and a notable philanthropist. The course is now under new public ownership by the city of Durham and operated by Amerazil Golf and its co-founders, Karl Kimball and Juliano Hannud. Approximately 40,000 rounds are played annually; nearly 1.7 million rounds have been played since 1960.