St. Andrews Golf Club plans to maintain operations and host social events
A sign for St. Andrews Golf Club is seen along Blairs Ferry Rd. NE in northeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Monday, December 27, 2021. (Jim Slosiarek / The Gazette)
CEDAR RAPIDS – St. Andrews Golf Club remains open.
The course has hosted at least one group of golfers who took advantage of the unusually warm weather for one more round on Monday before snow and more seasonal temperatures returned to eastern Iowa, owner Vicky Hanus said and his son, Troy.
The course, nestled in the northeast quadrant of Blairs Ferry Road, has been a key part of the Metro’s golf landscape since its construction in 1966. It will be under new management, but plans are to keep the same operations.
A man plays a round of golf at St. Andrews Golf Club in northeast Cedar Rapids on Monday. Owner Vicky Hanus has denied rumors that the club is shutting down. (Jim Slosiarek / The Gazette)
There was speculation on social media over the weekend the course was closing on January 1. It will not be closed permanently, the Hanus said.
“We are renovating,” said Vicky Hanus, who took over from the property’s former owner and her father, Waldo Morris, who died a year ago. “Everything else is the same.
“All the teams that have played here will be back. Members will be back. We will renovate and keep the bar. We will seek to have more than one seating area.
Vicky Hanus has said some of the staff will be retained, but it looks like longtime Golf Director and Superintendent Mike Hall Sr. won’t be one of them. Hall has worked with St. Andrews for over 30 years and was its architect when it became an 18-hole course in 1988.
Vicky Hanus said they will continue to have the driving range and indoor golf simulators. She also noted that Richie Rich Custom Golf Clubs and Repair is expected to bring his trailer back for business to St. Andrews in April.
Vicky Hanus admitted that she didn’t have much knowledge of how the popular Wednesday game would go, but noted that Troy Hanus would likely take care of the leagues.
A small team was already working in the clubhouse on Monday afternoon, including Troy, and Vicky was running business. They asked golfers to run the course, crowding in the final rounds of the year.
“People can still play golf now,” said Troy Hanus, a fact confirmed by Vicky Hanus. “We still have the carts running. “
Alburnett and Cedar Rapids Xavier have used the course as a home course for the fall and spring high school golf seasons. Vicky Hanus said she’s met with Xavier’s boys’ coach Tim O’Brien about extending the relationship.
Xavier’s Charlie Allen played on the eleventh green during the Mississippi Valley Conference golf meet at the St. Andrews Golf Course in Cedar Rapids on Monday, September 13, 2021. The meet brought together eight teams from the local metro areas. (Rebecca F. Miller / The Gazette)
Saints athletic director Adam McDonnell has confirmed the school will compete on the course for the 2022 girls’ season.
“Right now that’s our intention,” McDonnell said. “We plan to play girls’ golf there in the spring.”
Most of the changes will impact the features adjacent to the golf course. Vicky Hanus said the bar will be remodeled and named in honor of her father. The salon will be expanded and will be named after her mother, Charlotte, who was an avid golfer in St. Andrews.
Vicky Hanus said the goal is to attract more people for dining and make it more than just a golf destination. She added that she wanted to open the club for more social gatherings.
“We hope to have more events scheduled here,” said Vicky Hanus. “We will walk before we can run. We will be looking to plan more retirement and graduation parties. “
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