The Five Ponds Golf Course in Warminster opened a new practice facility Friday morning to give new and experienced golfers a place to practice as well as to ease the overuse and crowding of the current driving range.
The course, located on Street Road, features three greens and approaches and three sand bunkers.
Most work for the course was done "in-house" with additional contributions made by local vendors and Warminster Township.
According to a press release issued by Five Ponds, the project was completed at a cost savings of $40,000.
Golf Course Superintendent Eliezer Rodriguez was present to cut the ribbon on the new facility on Friday at 10 a.m.
Rodriguez, who has been in the golf business since age 15, has been working on the project for the last five years, he said.
Township Manager Bob Tate was also at the opening. Warminster Public Works aided the project by donating and moving soil for the new course.
"We looked at the project and said we liked it," Tate said. "We put our blessing on it. It's a great addition to the course."
"We fought the rain all spring long," Waitkus said. "I'm hopeful for a lot of kids and youth groups to use the course, who might feel intimidated by the larger course."
"It seemed like a no-brainer," Morgan said. "[The facility] is gorgeous now, certainly more than I expected and it's only going to get better."
Gary Deetscreek, who runs a golf camp at Five Ponds, was the first to play the new facility, breaking it in with a chip off of the front approach.
Deetscreek then brought members of the golf camp to try out the new practice course.
Art Blank, of Doylestown, a 40-year golf veteran, has been a customer at Five Ponds for 23 years.
"It's very unique for a public course" Blank said. "It raises the bar."
Blank has been coming to Five Ponds since it first opened, he said. "The course was all mud and grass at first, we didn't think it had a chance," Blank said, "It has certainly come a long way from that.
The practice facility is available to all patrons of Five Ponds during regular golfing hours, 8 a.m. to dusk, the press release said.