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HUDSON — Those venturing out to Hazy Hills Golf Course this spring might not notice anything out of the ordinary when they drive into the parking lot.

However, things will change once golfers get inside the pro shop of the family-friendly nine-hole course developed by the late Ben Gildersleeve in 1975.

A fire on Aug. 20 destroyed the pro shop and an adjoining apartment. Construction is underway with the familiar green exterior still present on the 4,500-square foot facility and should be finished in about a month, said Hazy Hills general manager Wade Berry.

"The pro shop is designed a little different," said Berry. "When you walk in the front door, if there were two or more groups in there (before), it was packed. I moved the counter back a little bit.

"That's pretty much it. Someone said they saw a picture of it and said, 'It doesn't look any different.' But it's worked for so many years."

Berry plans to open the course, which is located about five miles north of Hudson, for play on Sunday, weather permitting. A temporary trailer brought in after the fire last year serves as the temporary pro shop until construction is completed.

The club, which is owned by Ben Gildersleeve's children, Jim and Joy, lost its 40-cart fleet in the fire. Berry said those carts, which were 8 years old, have been replaced by purchasing 2015 carts from North Carolina.

A piece of maintenance equipment also was damaged, but not totally and just needed a replacement part, according to Berry.

The 2,900-yard, par-35 course was shut down for about 10 days after the fire before reopening for play last year. 

Berry said the patio area will be "nicer" with an extended roof. Greens fee will stay the same at $10 for nine holes for walkers.

"This year will be pretty much like normal and then we'll decide next year to do whatever we can to change some things around," said Berry. "We appreciate our loyal customers who showed up last year after we opened up."

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