Liberty golf course celebrates grand opening

Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett and Liberty Community Development Corporation President Barbara Norwood are surrounded by members of both entities for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Liberty Municipal Golf Course on Friday, May 5.

Golfers have been exploring and playing on the newly-renovated Liberty Municipal Golf Course for a couple of weeks now, and on Friday, May 5, the City of Liberty got into the “swing of things” by hosting a grand opening celebration.

The grand opening was emceed by Mayor Carl Pickett and was attended by Liberty City Council members, Liberty Community Development Corporation board members, Pct. 1 Commissioner Bruce Karbowski, Pct. 2 Commissioner Greg Arthur, Dayton Mayor Caroline Wadzeck and other community leaders, as well as golfing enthusiasts.

The celebration was two years in the making and a year after the golf course was initially slated to open. Weather delays, caused by drought and then heavy rains, were a challenge throughout the $2.88 million rehabilitation project that was funded through the City’s Cambridge Fund, which comes from profits from the Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Agency. Liberty is one of three member-cities of SRMPA.

The design for the renovated 120-acre course were the inspiration of Jeffrey D. Blume, whose portfolio includes course renovations and designs for Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course in Fredericksburg, Grand Pines Golf Club at Bentwater in Montgomery, Sterling Country Club in Houston, Elkins Lake Ravines Course in Huntsville, Tascosa Golf Club in Amarillo, Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland and La Torretta Lake Resort in Conroe.

Mayor Pickett explained that Liberty Municipal Golf Course, which was designed to include sandtraps and other challenging elements, received a rating of 72.4 by the U.S. Golf Association. When asked by Pickett to explain the rating, LMGC Pro Shop Manager Scott Neal said, “It means it’s hard.”

“What more do you need to know?” Pickett responded.

In addition to the new challenges of the course, other improvements are a new irrigation system, new cart paths, improved and additional tee boxes (suitable for all levels of players), renovation of the greens, installation of a new water well for the irrigation system and a new bathroom facility.

With the course reopened, Pickett said the men’s golfing association is reactivating. Members of the women’s golf association were in attendance.

The Oaks at Magnolia Ridge, the restaurant in the golf clubhouse, also reopened in recent weeks. The restaurant, owned by Scott and Jolee Neal, is open for lunch on Tuesday through Sunday, and on Thursday nights. The beverage service at the restaurant is open throughout the day Tuesday through Sunday.

The pro shop, located next door to the clubhouse, is where you can book a tee time, rent a golf cart or purchase balls, bottled water and other items.

Lunch was provided to guests at the grand opening by Texas Elite, Crossroads Dodge and Frontier Waste.

For more information on the golf course, go online to or call 936-336-3551.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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