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Teeing up: Ives Hill Country Club preparing updated grounds for reopening

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It’s not quite tee time at Ives Hill Country Club.

After four years, Ives Hill is about to finally reopen once again. But Jake Johnson, who bought the golf course in August, will wait until the course is in “perfect” condition before golfers can play the game they love.

An opening date has not been set while work continues on getting the course ready for the season. Golfers keep asking him when it’s finally going to happen.

“I don’t want to open just to open,” Johnson said.

The restaurant and bar have been open since December.

Improvements on the tee boxes, greens, fairways and bunkers were made in the fall. With the nicer weather during the past two weeks, the greens keepers have been busy getting the course to the condition of what golfers have come to expect, grounds manager Jamie Howe said.

“It’s taken a lot to get back to the standards and condition that I would like to be ready,” Johnson said.

He purchased the nine-hole course’s 56 acres and the clubhouse and restaurant on West Flower Avenue. The land consists of 40 acres on the Ives Street/West Flower Avenue side of the street and 16 on the Weldon Drive side.

The other nine holes were retained by former owner P.J. Simao, who is looking to redevelop them.

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