Lake Guntersville State Park Golf Discount Card

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- In an effort to increase attendance at Lake Guntersville State Park, officials are offering a discount card for the park's golf course.

"We want to see the locals get out here and start playing more golf," golf course superintendent Jim Strong said.

The discount card costs 10 dollars and saves holders five dollars on a round of 18 holes at Eagle's Nest Golf Course, the new name for the course across from the lodge.

Strong said golfers can use the card on 18 holes the day of purchase, and it pays for itself on the second visit.

"Any day of the week, any holiday, weekend, weekday, regardless, it's all included," he said.

The pro shop sold over 30 cards on the first day.

"We may sell a couple hundred or so, and we're looking to get more local play out here," Strong said.

The course underwent significant renovations in 2009, with greens designed by 1976 U.S. Open winner Jerry Pate, who finished second in two other Grand Slam championships.

The course also sustained substantial damage from storms in 2011, but Strong said the course is in the best condition he's ever seen.

"There's all new greens, all new bunkers, some new tee boxes and a new irrigation system, and some new cart paths in places," he said.

Eagle's Nest Golf Course is atop a mountain, with elevations ranging from 900 to 1100 feet above sea level.

"The course has a lot of character and it's a player friendly course," Strong said.

"You don't have water on every hole, it's not target golf, and you can come out here and have fun and play a decent round and shoot a decent score."

The hope is when players try it once, they will want to come back.