Waterfall makeover at Northwood Golf Club
By Jared Raney
Golfers playing the back nine at Northwood golf course may notice a new sight this fall, or rather, an old sight made new.
As a result of donations made by Bob Heck, the traditional ‘signature hole’ of Northwood golf course was given a facelift this September, and golfers will be able to once again enjoy the sight of the 30-foot waterfall cascading beside the path to hole 12 tee-off.
The feature was originally added in 1994, again from donations by Bob Heck, an avid golfer who decided the course was missing something. As a result, the course’s signature feature was born.
“It’s great for the community, the course itself is a super, super course,” Heck said.
The waterfall and surrounding water features, which can be seen from the greens or tee-boxes of at least six different holes on the back nine, are a major selling point for the course, which has seen a decline in annual golfers by nearly 10,000 over the last decade or so.
“It’s been a spectacular spot for us,” said Northwood Golf Club head professional Dan Buckley. “With the economy as it’s been the last eight, ten years, it has been put on the backburner for us financially. But Bob approached me and said, ‘hey, you know, what can we do to get this back up to where it should have been?’ And with his financial help, and a tournament that we host here at the golf course, the Northwood Golf Course Special Projects, and a couple of our local business people, Steinmetz Landscape and Leo Aspen Tree Service, we were able to pull this off.”’