In a unanimous decision at the March 26 meeting of the Monticello City Council, Terry Eardley was named the new Director of Golf Operations at the Hideout Golf Course.
In his new position, Eardley will be in charge of all operations at the Clubhouse. His main focus will be to promote the Hideout through tournaments, golf shows, stay-and-play packages and many other ways. Another goal is to make the Hideout profitable to the City and add to the luster and desirability of Monticello as a tourist destination. He will also be directly responsible for the employees who work at the Clubhouse in concessions, sales, and customer service.
Terry has had a long love affair with golf. He has played all his life. For the last 31 years, he has been the golf coach at Monticello High School, coaching his teams to a state championship in 1978-79.
He has served on the Hideout Golf Committee for the past 10 years, including the planning and construction of the new course. When asked if he thought it would be a good idea to implement the suggestion made in last week’s council meeting, which was to have the golf committee become the board of directors of the golf course, he said, “I think it would be a good thing.”
If that suggestion comes to fruition, the member’s of the City Council may be relieved of the time-consuming job of micro managing golf, which has diverted their attention from other pressing matters in the past.
Eardley just returned from the Salt Lake Golf Show, where the City purchased a booth for the Hideout. Monticello’s award-winning golf course was exposed to more than 7,000 show participants.
Eardley estimates they sold about 100 “Stay-and-Play Packages.” Each package brings two people to Monticello to stay in a local motel for a night, play two rounds of golf and dine at a local restaurant…all for $190.
The objective is to expose them to the beauty and challenge of the Hideout and have them return again and again with their friends and relatives.
Next week Terry will live a life-long dream. He started planning this trip years ago. He and his son Chad will play a round of golf at an Augusta golf course just before the Master’s Golf Tournament.
Augusta National in Georgia is arguably the most famous golf course in the world. Gaining admittance to watch the Master’s is difficult because of the enormous world-wide demand for tickets. This trip is at his own expense, and was planned long before his new appointment.
Eardley’s final remarks are, “I love Monticello… I love our golf course. To me, it is one of the most beautiful, peaceful places in the world. I cannot imagine a more exciting, challenging job. I appreciate the trust the council has shown in giving me this opportunity. I plan to do my best to promote this area and this fabulous golf facility.”