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Lone Oak re-joins Chamber

Lone Oak Golf Course has rejoined the Jessamine  Chamber of Commerce for many reasons, one of which was to get the chamber tournament back on their greens.

Owner Hugh Cantrell said at Wednesday’s ribbon cutting the ceremony marked three years since Lone Oak had been chamber members.

“The course opened in the 1960s,” Cantrell said. “I lived in Lexington and moved here looking for a course to join. I looked at others but I decided this is more what I wanted. I became a member in 1988. Five years ago I got a group together and bought the course.”

Cantrell said he looked at Ronda May, director at the chamber of commerce, at a golf tournament and asked her how Loan Oak could get the chamber tournament back at their facility.

“She said, ‘well we will consider it once you join the chamber again,’” Cantrell said. “I immediately went to work with that. We had a 100 percent vote for yes because we know the chamber can be a big asset to us.”

In addition to golf, the facility also offers a wide range of other amenities to people in Jessamine County. There is a banquet facility for rent to members and non-members  that can seat up to 225 guests between the restaurant area and the banquet room combined.

“We cater or you can bring in your own catering,” said event coordinator Jersey Taylor. “We also offer china, flatware and glassware for rental. There is a full bar. It is good for weddings, retirements, Christmas parties, birthdays, anniversarys. There is an outdoor patio. A baby pool, regular pool and olympic size pool available at a separate membership. Memorial Day the pool opens and it closes Labor Day.”

The Pro Shop Director, Phill Thornton, said the desire of Lone Oak is to serve the community. The facility offers men’s leagues, a woman’s league, and an opportunity for seniors to play every Tuesday and Thursday.

“We have between 40 and 70 golfers every Tuesday and Thursday,” Thornton said. “Our hope is come spring to have a little event for kids to come out and learn how to play golf. During summertime we have tournaments every weekend. If you see anything we can do to serve the community please let us know and we will do our best to fulfill that desire.”

Cantrell said, although the club is doing better, they still do not have as many members as they would like.

“We have so many golf courses in this county and only so many golfers to go around,” Cantrell said.