By Erik Harris, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE — Change is coming to the golf scene in Trussville, and very soon.
In a letter to members of both courses, management recently announced a merger between the Grayson Valley Country Club and the Trussville Country Club. According to the announcement, the merger will become effective on June 1, 2021.
PGA Professional Chris Rigdon will become the general manager of both operations and the director of golf under the new name: The Country Clubs East. Rigdon says the membership initiation fee will be $500, with monthly dues of $175. A monthly fee of $50 is also available for food, which would be good for orders at both courses.
“The new format we have here is unique, where we have 36 holes of golf — 18 hols at Trussville Country Club and 18 holes at Grayson Valley,” said Rigdon. “The advantage of that is if one is having a tournament, members can still go to the other course and play. If one of the golf courses is aerifying the greens, you can go to the other course and play.”
“Once you join, you’re a member of both,” he continued.
A merger party is being planned for June 4 at Grayson Valley, where Rigdon will introduce his new staff and highlight the many services his club has to offer. Hors d’oeuvres will be served along with cocktails and ice cream for the kids. The open house is free to attend and will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Rigdon also mentioned a new online format called Teesnap, which is currently in the works. The system will allow golfers to schedule tee times on their phone or computer.
The Country Clubs East will also offer a swim/tennis/fitness membership to those interested in the Grayson Valley’s off-the-course amenities: an Olympic-size pool, weight room and four clay tennis courts. Rigdon says his staff is currently looking at a $250 initiation fee to join the swim/tennis/fitness membership with a $120 monthly due. The $50 food fee is also available to those members.
The Trussville Country Club will remain open to both membership and public play, while Grayson Valley is members only.