The golf course previously known as Country Club of Old Vincennes, located on Washington Avenue, was officially purchased this week by a small group of local business leaders and is being renamed as the Cypress Hills Golf Club.
The new owners, operating under the name Cypress Hills Golf Club, LLC, is made up of 15 local business leaders representing industries that include trucking and logistics, restaurant and bar management, retail, building and construction, insurance, information technologies and financial services.
The group’s overall vision is to not only bring the 100-year-old golf course back to its “former glory,” according to a press release issued Tuesday, but to also improve the “infrastructure and culture” in order to ensure that the course remains “an essential part of our community for years to come.”
“Collectively, we are truly looking forward to this project for the benefit of our community,” said Eli McCormick, a Cypress Hills Golf Club, LLC member and an owner of Vincennes’ Bestway Express.
“We feel as though we have done our homework and have aligned ourselves not only with other local business leaders in the community, but also industry experts who are eager to help.”
McCormick went on to say that the group has a solid “game plan on how to make this project work for the long-term.”
“We truly want this golf course to be something that the community is proud of for many years to come,” he said.
Cypress Hills’ managers have a list of capital improvements set to begin this fall.
At the top of the priority list is addressing the deteriorating condition of the golf course, bringing it “back to life,” the press release said.
“New greens will be essential to the success of the course,” said Tim Vieke, another Cypress Hills Golf Club, LLC member. “Our team has hired a golf course superintendent and has already begun formulating a plan to address these issues.
“Although it might seem a monumental task, we are certainly looking forward to having new and improved greens by spring time, assuming everything goes according to plan.”
Likewise, the group also has plans to improve the fairways, roughs, cart paths, and tee boxes, and in doing so, has hopes of addressing the overall character and appearance of the course.
Too, they’re already working with a local business to bring a new restaurant to the clubhouse, one they hope to see up and running by the spring of 2022.
As such, the clubhouse will undergo an extensive redesign and renovation.
“The plan, at this time, is to completely redesign the clubhouse,” said member and owner Eric Niehaus, also an owner in the local Niehaus Companies. “The pro shop needs to be moved upstairs, and the clubhouse desperately needs walls taken down or moved in order to open the space, which will create an open and friendly environment for everyone to enjoy.”
The new owners, too, plan to build a pavilion, “which will further their capabilities of hosting golf outings, weddings, and other outdoor events throughout the year,” the press release states.
“There is no question that there is a lot of work to be done in the coming months, but we are truly looking forward to bringing the course back to its glory,” said a fourth owner, Tony Burkhart, also the owner of Burkhart Insurance Agency. “We are thankful for the previous ownership and all that they have done to this point.
“With the community’s support, we look forward to making these improvements and are hopeful that Cypress Hills Golf Club will become a staple in our community for many years to come.”
The course was previously owned by local development duo L.J. Benjamin and Mike Sievers, operating together as Vincennes Country Club LLC.
They purchased the golf club in early 2017.
Before that, it was owned by Brett Melton.
To follow the golf club’s progress, visit its Facebook page at “Cypress Hills Golf Club.”