Golfers cheered over the improvements made to the Caverns Golf Course after new management took over earlier this year. Improvements are an understatement if you ask any of the golfers who eagerly returned to the course following its short closure awaiting the final deal with Dothan National Golf. As is true with most businesses, to be successful, money has to spent and Matt Rivers, general manager, has spared no expense in revamping the Caverns Golf Course.
Bringing cheers as loud as the improvements was the announcement of the return of golf pro Brian McKeithan. McKeithan was all but raised on this very course, starting as the early age of three or four years old with granddaddy Max Turnage. Brian fell in love with the game like most kids fall for video games or cars. Brian, along with his father, Larry McKeithan took over management of the Caverns Golf Course September 1, 2003. Larry retired and Brian took a position in Dothan September 1, 2015. The course went through a different management before its doors were closed late last year until a deal was struck with Dothan National Golf late in 2016.
In an interview with the TIMES Monday afternoon, the younger McKeithan was glad to be ‘home’. “Matt Rivers and John Hendrix, they run the spa, Dothan National. They came down and they really enjoyed the layout and they did a really good job. I move the pins, mow and water the greens, and in the afternoons, I give lessons. They have put a lot into this course, have new equipment. It would take dad and I cutting this grass every day some of the day, but with the mower they have now, I can do it in two hours. They’ve put down new sod and have really put a lot of time and effort into bringing this course back to where it was and where it can be. This course and golf mean a lot to me, Max (Turnage), my dad, it was in me from time I could just about walk.”
McKeithan is available for lessons, and the course is open daily seven days a week. They welcome tournaments for any occasion. For more information on the Caverns Golf Course, call 526-1148.