Community involvement is part of the business plan.
The new owners of the Mill Creek Country Club are anxious to get started on their latest project. The Mill Creek Country Club will now be called the Golf Club at Mill Creek according to new owner Keith Munger. He, along with his brother, Tony, and Tony's wife, Brenda, purchased the property from Macon Bank, who held the loan on the foreclosed property.
The Munger brothers are from Macon County and Brenda moved here when she was a teenager. After college, the now married couple, Tony and Brenda constructed and managed golf courses around the southeast while brother Keith managed a network of Hospice Houses throughout Georgia and currently resides in Savannah, Georgia. In their newest venture, Tony and Brenda will be involved in the day-to-day operations while Keith will be involved with the course from afar giving input concerning the way forward for the venture.
The Mungers intend to improve the golf course for those who want to take advantage of the updated greens, but they also want to help improve the quality of life for others in the area.
“We're excited to have the chance to give back to the community that we grew up in through the ownership of the golf course. Tony and Brenda are the experts in all of this. I have full confidence in their experience and knowledge. I have full confidence that they will restore the course to what the club members as well as what the community expects,” said Keith.
Both brothers discussed the importance of being involved in the community and events that everyone can be involved with on the Mill Creek grounds.
“One thing that we have talked about is hosting a 5k race next year after we open. We would like to use is as a way to support breast cancer research. We would like to call it 'Peggy's Race' in memory of our mom who passed away from breast cancer in 2008,” said Keith. “It will be fun and I think it will be something special.”
Tony echoed this sentiment with the belief that a business has to give back to the community that it serves. With this belief the three of them are prepared to make Mill Creek a place where visitors can come to enjoy a nice, sunny day or have a satisfying meal at the on-site restaurant that will be opening in time as well.
“We're going to reach out to the community and hopefully get really involved. One idea I had was to stock the creeks here with some trout and let the kids come in and fish them,” Tony said. “We'll pull out the grill and have hamburgers and hotdogs for everyone.”
The trio exuded optimism when discussing the future of the golf course, in fact, they're so excited that they are getting to work right now even though they will not have their grand opening until next spring.
“We're going to be out here every day, working and getting the place ready for the public to enjoy,” said Tony. “It's also extremely important that we reach out to the homeowners and establish a good relationship with them. We have to work together to keep this place nice. We're on the same team.”
If the weather cooperates this winter, the new owners hope to accomplish the work they've set out to do on the course and have their grand opening in the early spring months. The restaurant will be opening to the public shortly after that with a new name and possibly a new layout.
“We're going to revamp it. It's been done before and it just didn't go over that well so we're going to try some different things. And anybody is welcome. If you're out and about and want something to eat, just swing on by and grab something,” said Tony.
The Mungers have a track record of success and they are hoping that it will help them bring the Golf Club at Mill Creek to prominence.
“There are always rumors about things and one that we've heard is that we're just going to build this course up and then sell if off. That's not the case. We're in this for the long haul. This is where we grew up and we're wanting to enjoy the community and give back to it,” Tony said to address the rumor.
Interested parties can stop by the club and play a round of golf or call at (828)524-4204 for more information.