By MELINDA WILLIAMS
After nearly a quarter century under the same ownership, Draper Valley Golf Club was sold Tuesday, but golfers will still see familiar faces.
Tony Montgomery, one of five new owners of the club and golf course, at 2800 Big Valley Road, said he worked for the prior ownership for about 22 years and will serve as superintendent. Jeff Little, a former golf pro at the club and new owner, will once again serve as the golf pro.
According to Montgomery, the five new owners are “pretty local,” explaining that two are from Smyth County, two are from Floyd and Hillsville and one lives in Greensboro, N.C.
Asked what, if any, changes will take place due to the change in ownership, he said, “We hope to improve the golf course” such as paving cart paths and other upgrades that “haven’t been done in several years.” A lot of the improvements will take place over time, rather than immediately.
Montgomery added, “Day-to-day operations probably won’t change.” The course will still be open to the public. As part of a “campaign to show the public we want their business,” he noted the course will be reducing its prices beginning this week and running through August.
According to Montgomery, the club was sold because several of the former owners, including the president and course designer, passed away. The surviving members “felt they needed to get out of the golf business and take it easy,” he said.