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ColoVista's Comeback

Updated: Friday, July 12 2013, 03:31 PM CDT

A great thing about golf is that one bad shot or one bad hole usually isn't enough to mess up a round. Bastrop's ColoVista golf course is putting its ball back in play after going out of bounds...for four years. But maybe you're not a golfer. How about a football analogy? This is Texas after all.

"A golf course is always changing," said ColoVista superintendent Jeff Henson. "It's just like one continuing football play."

Superintendent Jeff Henson and general manager Ryan Bell are trying to tackle one heck of a project.

"We came into a situation that was definitely a daunting task," said Bell.

Just 12 years after it opened, a sticky financial situation forced ColoVista to close down in February 2009. Two years later, the Bastrop wildfires took their toll on the track once voted the best course in Texas.

"We lost some homes in the community here at ColoVista, as well as having the wildfires spread out across some of the holes at the golf course," recalled Bell.

After the Property Owners Association took over the course in 2012, Billy Casper Golf was selected to manage the facility this spring. In a little more than three months, ColoVista has been transformed from preposterous to par 72.

"We have installed champion Bermuda greens and are restoring the fairways and tee boxes as we speak," explained Bell. "We are also reconstructing all of the bunkers of the golf course as well."

The fairways are still a work in progress, but where they are versus where they were is like comparing Augusta National to a pitch & putt.

"We had volunteers, as well as our maintenance staff, step-up to get on tractors to mow fairways that you couldn't see over the top of the tractor," Bell recalled.

It'll take time for ColoVista to return to its former glory. Remember, it's like one continuing football play and here in Texas - it's always football season. But finally the folks at ColoVista can say it's golf season, too.

"We are all getting a second chance to make something work that was very important to us that died and went away," said Henson.

by Adam Winkler
ColoVista's Comeback


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Scores & Schedules

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NBA

Wednesday's Games

Phoenix 111, Charlotte 106

Atlanta 127, Cleveland 98

Utah 105, Miami 87

Dallas 117, Detroit 106

Boston 109, Orlando 92

Toronto 105, Brooklyn 89

Memphis 117, San Antonio 116,3OT

Portland 104, Milwaukee 97

L.A. Clippers 102, Indiana 100

Houston 115, Denver 111, OT

Thursday's Games

New York at Chicago, 8 p.m.

New Orleans at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Wednesday's Games

Ottawa 2, New Jersey 0

Boston 3, Minnesota 2, OT

Dallas 2, Vancouver 0

Thursday's Games

Florida at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Washington at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

Edmonton at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

NFL

Thursday, Dec. 18

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 8:25 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Philadelphia at Washington, 4:30 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21

Baltimore at Houston, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Miami, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.

Buffalo at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 22

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

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