Two Alabama Clubs Announce Merger
Grayson Valley CC and Trussville CC Rebrand as Country Clubs East
By Dave Daubert
The private Grayson Valley Country Club about 12 miles from downtown Birmingham and the semi-private Trussville Country Club will be merged and rebranded under the name of Country Clubs East, effective June 1.
"The advantage is if one of the courses is having a tournament or aerifying the greens, members and guests can still play at the other course," said Chris Rigdon, who will be General Manager/ Director of Golf of both operations. "Once you join, you're a member of both."
The Trussville club is an 18 holes, 6050-yard layout with four sets of tees that will remain open to both membership and public play, while Grayson Valley will be members-only.
The membership initiation fee will be $500, with monthly dues of $175 and a fee of $50 for monthly food purchases at either club. The Country Clubs East will also offer a non-golfer swim/tennis & fitness membership to the Grayson Valley's off-course amenities which include an Olympic-size swimming pool, weight room and four hard-surface tennis courts, A $250 initiation fee to join is currently being considered with a $120 monthly dues, and the $50 food allotment.
"The new format we have here is unique, where we have 36 holes of golf--18 at Trussville and 18 at Grayson Valley," added Chris. "Trussville is a par 71 that was built in 1967 and designed by a former farmer in the area, Murray Roper. Both back nines finish in uphill par 3s with multi-tiered greens. The club also features Mulligan's Bar & Grill. Grayson was designed in 1976 by John Lafoye and stretches out to over 6500 with 4sets of tees playing to a par 72.
A new online format, Teesnap, is currently in the works that will allow golfers to schedule tee times on their phone or computer.
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About: Dave Daubert
David has been writing about golf since the turn of the century. He was Managing Editor at a regional golf magazine for 11 years, published in Canada, the IAGTO and a Staff Writer for The Georgia Golf Trail. His insightful perspective brings golf to life.
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