Piney Valley Golf Course on track to fully reopen
The clubhouse at Piney Valley Golf Course is scheduled to reopen full time Saturday, allowing players to rent carts and play the course. (Photo Credit: File photo) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The Piney Valley Golf Course clubhouse is scheduled to resume full-time operations Saturday, putting the course one step closer to the goal of fully reopening.

While patrons can currently play the 18-hole course on foot using the honor system, once the clubhouse is open, they’ll be able to rent carts — provided they follow a few safety measures.

“Two people may ride in a cart; however, face masks must be worn while in the cart,” PVGC Manager Steve Belton said, noting there is an exception for family members riding in the same cart.

It’s been 14 weeks since the course closed for the winter following a shortened 2020 season that was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and included only one tournament. This year, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials are cautiously optimistic that many of the events, series and tournaments that were part of life on the course before COVID-19 will be able to return with masking, social distancing and other safety measures when needed. In the Woodworks community forum held March 3, Katy Carter, FMWR Chief of Business and Recreation, described the process.

“We want (players) to get out and participate,” Carter said. “The (Commanding General) Scrambles, the monthly scrambles are something we hope to bring back, along with our Red, White and Blue tournaments. We’re trying to get back to what we call our ‘new normal,’ with mitigations of course. So, we’ll hope that (players) will come out to one of these activities or find a way to connect to us with any of our programs.”

One way PVGC is connecting with players is by giving them more options when it comes to greens fees. This month, the course is offering Red, White and Blue packages, which include annual and semiannual options, Belton explained.

“Red is designed for students, who can get a three-month membership during their stay,” he said. “White is a punch card that is available for 16 rounds of golf at a discount that can be used throughout the year. It is good for someone who may not have enough time for an annual membership but would play enough that they would want a discount to do so. Blue is for annual memberships for individuals or families. There is also a cart pass available for each of these categories.”

Rates for all three greens-fee packages, as well as weekday and weekend rates, are listed on the PVGC web page at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com/programs/piney-valley-golf-course-pvgc and can be found by clicking the “Greens Fees” tab.

Belton urged visitors to check the website for the course’s updated hours and available tournaments and other events as they become available. He added that the Sandwedge Eatery, located inside the clubhouse, is scheduled to reopen in April.

“A sheet with events will go out shortly,” he said.

Piney Valley Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72 championship course located along the Big Piney River on FLW 20, just off Water Intake Road and is open to Department of Defense ID-card holders with access to Fort Leonard Wood. For more information, call 573.329.4770.