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Some golfers are out on the course. Others sit together at a table on the patio and talk. The sun is shining. This is another good day at the Links.

After the disruption wrought in 2020 by the pandemic, 2021 has been a good year for Redstone golfers.

“I think we had a good year,” Gary Haught, Links manager since October 2019, said. “The condition of the courses have improved. We’re trying to be more proactive in our maintenance.

“A lot of people don’t know we have 36 holes here. As a matter of fact, we have two golf courses. The other thing people don’t know – that I hear around town is – if you can get on base you can play golf here. And if you go to the visitor center and get a pass (a recreation badge), you can come play.”

Patriot, the older course, has 18 holes which total 6,854 yards from the back tee. Warrior has 18 holes totaling 6,940 yards from the back tee.

“The course conditions have improved,” Haught said. “The overall conditions have drastically improved, that’s for sure. The green speeds are faster. We’ve gotten the weeds under control in the fairways. We’re trying to be more proactive vs. reactive in our maintenance practices.”

The Links is open year-round and through the winter – excluding the three holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. If the temperature dips below 25 degrees for multiple days, the grass would have to be covered so it won’t die. Haught suggests that golfers call 842-7977 for a tee time just to confirm the course is going to be open during the winter.

“The only time we’d close is if it’s snow-covered, which doesn’t happen very often,” he said laughing.

Links superintendent Mike Smith arrived from the Nashville area and has been here about a year. “He’s been a tremendous asset to the maintenance side of things,” Haught said.

The turkey shoot, a two-person scramble held last Saturday, represented the Links’ last Morale, Welfare and Recreation event of the year. A Christmas party, scheduled Dec. 3 from 6-8 p.m., will mark the beginning of the holiday golf shop sale.

A spring kickoff tournament will probably be scheduled sometime in April. At present the Links has 176 members.

“We were closed for two months and a week in 2020 because of COVID,” Haught said. “And this year we were able to be open the whole time. It’s always nice to have been open the whole time.

“It’s nice to be able to see people’s faces again (unmasked) so I can learn their names. It’s been very hard,” he said laughing.

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