Neches Pines golf course in Diboll begins renovation

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - Neches Pines in Diboll first opened their course in 1970, since then they have added 9 holes to make it a complete 18 but haven't done much updating since. That changed starting Monday.

For the next four months Neches Pines Golf Course is going through some major renovations thanks to a $1.475 million dollar donation from the TL Temple Foundation, the Keeler-Grant foundation, the Diboll Booster Club and the City of Diboll.

The course's General Manager Jimmy Mettlen says available recreation is important to Diboll's economics.

"In a town of 500 people there is not a whole to do, we have a great park system and just as great of a golf course whenever we get through with all we have to do for it," said Mettlen. "It provides a service, it provides recreation for the people that are staying here instead of having to go to other metro areas."

The plan is to more than double the size of the courses irrigation system, adding hundreds of new sprinkler heads while also improving the course's overall infrastructure.

Mettlen says with this renovation Neches Pines has the potential to be a major selling point for the city of Diboll.

"I think that the golf course being what it is, what it is capable of being, that is one of the biggest attractions to our town," said Mettlen. "The city knows that. They see the golf course as one of the crown jewels in the overall plan."

Even though construction has just begun, Mettlen is already looking forward to what he can do to improve the course when it is complete.

"The conditioning of the course will be so much better," said Mettlen. "We will be able to do things that we have wanted to get done that we couldn't before"

Neches Pines will remain open throughout construction, only closing down 3 to 5 holes at a time. They will instead allow golfers to double up on certain holes to complete 18.

Copyright 2012 KTRE. All rights reserved.