South Fork Golf Course readies for Fourth of July competition

At the South Fork Golf Course near Dayville, course owner Harold Pickett (right) joins his friend, Bob Hardwick, for a round of golf. The Eagle/DENISE SMITH

DAYVILLE - It has taken Harold Pickett a couple of years from the initial vision of a golf course on his Dayville property to an actual fun, playable little course that is ready for the public.

The course has six holes, but it has three sets of tee boxes on each hole, so players actually have 18 different tee shots. All holes are par 3's and vary in length. One thing every hole has in common, however, is the beautiful backdrop of rugged mountains, rolling fairways and the sound of the tumbling water of the South Fork River.

Pepsi Corporation has taken an interest in Pickett's course and helped him purchase pins and flags and also aided with promotion. To kick off this season, Pickett and Pepsi are hosting "Pepsi Play Day" on June 14. The public is invited to come play the course and stay for free soda and hot dogs. There will be a variety of prizes awarded throughout the day.

South Fork golf course will be the home of the fourth annual "Cow Pasture Golf Tournament" held in conjunction with Dayville's Fourth of July celebration. This year the tourney will be held on Saturday, July 5, with sign ups starting at noon and three man teams (Horses, Cows and Mules) drawn at 12:30. Entry fee is $10 per player.

Pickett thinks his course would be a perfect spot for small groups or companies to hold their own tournaments. Duke Warner Realty is planning such an event on June 13. Out-of-town golfers will be staying at Dayville's Fish House Inn Bed and Breakfast and, if requested, Pickett will work with a local caterer to feed the group.

The South Fork course is located two miles up the South Fork Road, and there is a large sign signaling where to turn. Fees are $7 for nine holes and $10 for 18 holes. There is a drop box set for payments. The course is open daily from sunup to sundown. South Fork is a walking course, so visitors should bring a pull cart or be prepared to pack their clubs. For more information call Harold Pickett at 987-2399.

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