By TYLER MASK
Last year, there was a strong push for beautifying Mineral Wells. Holiday Hills Country Club did their part by creating a special way for golfers to give back in the form of trees during Arbor Day weekend. This year, they are planning to do the same thing.
HHCC General Manager Earon Gatlin said last year more than $3,200 was raised for the tree project. Outstanding donations came from Bryan Hartnett ($1,000), Barbara Upham ($500) and Alleen Stringer ($300). The trees were purchased from Wolfe Nursery Direct in Stephenville at a discounted price and are as follows:
• 40 Crape Myrtles.
• Five 15-gallon Live Oaks.
• One 30-gallon Live Oak.
• One 100-gallon Live Oak.
• Six 5-gallon Windmill Palms.• Six 5-gallon Mediterranean Palms.
Although the numbers are nothing to gawk at, Gatlin hopes to raise the bar to $5,000 worth of trees this year. “We wanted to do two things,” Gatlin said. “One of the reasons we did the Crape Myrtles up the drive is that we do have a lot of community organizations that come out here – Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions Club. So we wanted to create a better entry way to come up. Our goal last year was $5,000, we came up a little bit short.
“With that other $1,800 that we were short, we wanted to align the highway with Red Tip Photinias just to create a nice atmosphere. When people drive into the city, [Holiday Hills Country Club] is one of the first things they see. … So we wanted to get the community involved, that’s why we have donations, but then we also tie it with golf. We want it to be a beautiful golf course as well.”
Direct donations can be made, and for each $25 increment, a green fee and cart will be offered in exchange throughout the weekend. Another way individuals can give back is by simply playing a round of golf, as 10-percent of green fees will go into the Arbor Day Fund.
The fun starts today and goes through Sunday.
For more information on the project or how to donate, contact HHCC at 940-325-9442.