Sen. Shelby discusses national issues with Butler County residents

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 13, 2002

One of Greenville's main tourist attractions is golf, and golfers, both those who live here and those who visit, will be glad to know that the Camellia City will soon have a second course.

Once known as Gobbler Hollow, the golf course located on Fort Dale Road will soon be known as White Oak.

Jeff Decker, a resident of Geneva, N.Y., found the property owned by Wayne Killough and Don Boutwell while searching Ebay, a web site for the buying and selling of goods and services,

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and on Thursday, closed the deal.

"I put the advertisement for the golf course on Ebay, and just two weeks ago, Jeff found it, and today we closed the deal," said Wayne Killough, a native of Greenville who now lives in Andalusia.

"We plan to open the course sometime in March," said Decker, who said he has big plans for the 18-hole course that he has named White Oak Golf Course.

"We just want to make it a friendly course with friendly people," he said. "It will have a restaurant that we are looking at leasing, and we plan to widen the course itself, and maybe put up lights on the driving range for nighttime golfing.

Decker said that he had been searching for a golf course to purchase for almost two years. "When I came down to look at the course, I just fell in love with it and the town. It's a quaint little town and it reminds me of the town I'm from in New York."

He also added that he had heard that Greenville was selected as the best small town in America and commented, "It's fate."

In addition to the golf course, Decker also owns two internet companies in New York, but is thinking he will relocate to Greenville. He said that he already has hired a general manager and will hire from five to eight people to work the golf course.