Panama Country Club course coming back to life

LYNN HAVEN, FL (WJHG/WECP) The Panama Country Club golf course is coming back to life, one blade of grass at a time!

The rebuilding process well on its way at the Panama County Club

The oldest of the courses in Bay County, took a serious blow from Hurricane Michael in October. Soon afterwards, the membership at the club went about restoring their beloved course.

First the insurance monies had to be worked out, that was not an easy process says club president Jay Manuel. Enough money was collected though to start the rebuilding process a few months ago, and Manuel told me where things stand now.

"We have removed the approximately 45-hundred pine trees that were down on the property." Jay says "Fortunately, although we lost all those pine trees, most of our oak trees made it. Afterwards we began construction of new tee boxes and the renovation of the greens and sand traps. In addition, we did a complete renovation of our irrigation system. The tee boxes and greens are growing in and we hope to be open about mid-August."

Jay says once the club does open it will have to operate out of a makeshift clubhouse, since for now, there's not enough insurance money left over to repair the serious damage done to the existing clubhouse and restaurant. That rebuilding will have to be pushed down the road a bit. It's more important for now, Manuel says, to get the course open and to begin generating income from green fees.

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