Area Golfing

The Iowa Golf Association  selected the Sibley Golf and Country Club as the 1999 9-Hole Course of the year.

Steve Roseberry, Sibley golf course superintendent, was informed of the honor by letter on December 16. "It's quite a surprise for us to win such a prestigious honor," said Roseberry. "What makes it even more of an honor is that this course has only been here since 1997 since the remodeling of the course was done. It's a testament to the work that our staff at the golf course does to get the course ready to play every day."

The course was rated one of the best in the area when it first re-opened, said Roseberry With the recognition that the course will receive as the 9-Hole Course of the Year in the State of Iowa, Roseberry is hopeful that even more people will try the course.

"When you receive an honor like this, you hope that it will bring in more people who want to play the course," he said. “Ever since we finished remodeling, people have been asking us if we're as good as the others that have received awards like this. Now we can say we are and we can prove it. This will put Sibley on the map as far as the golfing community is concerned.”

The work and cooperation of the Sibley Golf Commission and the Sibley City Council, both past and present members, has been important, said Roseberry. "They really worked well together to make this a top-notch golf course," he said. "Without their efforts, and the efforts of the city employees, we wouldn't have been able to win such prestigious award."

There are over 300 golf courses in the state that were up for course Of the year honors. Criteria used to select the winners in nine-hole and 18-hole categories include: course layout, daily shape of the course; and feedback from golfers who have played the course. The Sibley golf course received several letters of recommendation from golfers both in and outside of the area who played the course.

According to the letter sent by Kirk Stanzel, executive director of ' the Iowa Golf Association, a presentation will be made at the golf course at a date to be determined.