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Green Meadow Meadowlark tournament has shades of ‘Caddyshack’

For one weekend in late August, the Green Meadow Country Club became the Bushwood Country Club.

General manager Jeff Curtis said club members held the annual Meadowlark tournament Aug. 21 to 24 to invite prospective members to see the facility.

“They do a theme every year,” Curtis said. “This year they did the movie ‘Caddyshack.’

Curtis said member Steve Stilts got “decked out” in clothing reminiscent of the movie and even brought a huge customized golf bag with beverage dispenser.

Stilts said that Bushwood Country Club of “Caddyshack” movie fame had a problem with gophers. “But not Green Meadow,” he admitted. “The country club was in excellent condition for the event,” he said.

Curtis came to Green Meadow in March as the course golf professional but he took over as general manager and director of golf operations on Aug. 1, when Bobby Perkinson retired. Scott Wilson, formerly of Royal Oaks, recently came on as the new golf pro.

Curtis said Green Meadow was founded in 1925. The front nine holes were renovated in the early 1990s but the back nine holes haven’t been renovated since the 1950s. “There are plans to renovate the golf course sometime in the next year or two,” he said.

While not like the movie, Curtis said Green Meadow is a fun golf course. “It’s not one where you can blast the ball. On the back you have to be able to curve the ball. You’ve got old mature trees,” he said.

Curtis said what sets Green Meadow apart from any other similar facility is the people. “They’re so down to earth. Some country clubs are very, very prestigious but everyone here is down to earth, very nice people.”

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