“The Hill” is making a grand old comeback and Saturday 40 of its friends help it celebrate its 80th birthday in grand style with a four-man scramble and a large celebratory cake. Several city officials were on hand to participate in the festivities at The Anniston Municipal Golf Course, lovingly known as “The Hill”.
Roger Jackson, President of The Hill Golf Association, was on hand to host the festivities.
“The golf course has been here 80 years,” Jackson said. “It was built in 1934. It is a really nice golf course, and we have brought it back over the last couple of years.
“They were talking about closing the course a few years back due to budget issues. The city, the new council and the community have worked together really well in helping us get the old course into great shape again.”
There are many memories that have been built on The Hill over the years.
“I was born on Bacon Ave. about three blocks down and began playing here at about 20-years old,” Jackson said. “There used to be a community center here and we would come and play pool and golf. It was a dual facility.”
Jackson feels that the course is ready to build more memories.
“We have guys out here that have their sons and grandsons playing the course. It is a family thing. It is a great place to bring young kids to play. The course is not so stringent or crowded. We encourage everybody to come and play and see the improvements.”
Forty golfers turned out for the celebration and there were two flights, A and B. Flight A winners with a 57 were Jackson Bonner, Steve Rogers, Tim Mullendore and Steve Mullendore. The team of Pat Blankenship, Tom Sawyer, Trey Sawyer and Mickey Travis took second place with a 59.
Lynn Oswalt, Danny Whittaker, Paul Wade and Henry Higginbotham won Flight B with a 60.