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Gates Four C.C. Launches Membership Drive After Major Upgrades

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (January 16, 2002) -- Following the completion of a $5 million clubhouse and several upgrades to the golf course, Gates Four Golf & Country Club has launched a major membership drive for the first quarter of 2002.

Members who join Fayetteville's only gated golf community in January, February or March receive significantly reduced prices on initiation fees. The goal is to add enough members to make Gates Four a totally private country club.

"We're definitely in a growth mode," said Chris Hawk, director of sales and marketing for Maples Golf Management, which runs the club. "I think you can put this golf course and these facilities up against any."

Since 1999, Gates Four has been managed by Maples Golf Management of Pinehurst, which is headed by renowned architect Dan Maples. Under the direction of Maples, significant improvements have been made to the design, maintenance and drainage systems of Gates Four's Willard Byrd-designed championship layout. In addition, Maples Golf oversaw the recent construction of a state-of-the-art, 29,000-square-foot clubhouse that's become a magnificent centerpiece for the club.

"It's a $5 million work of art," Hawk said. "There are all kinds of people out there that don't know of the facilities we have to offer."

The new clubhouse features a main ballroom, private dining area, lounge, conference rooms, fitness center, fully-stocked pro shop, men's and women's locker rooms, men's and women's card rooms, club storage and a club repair shop. Pool and tennis are also available.

To entice people to become a part of the Gates Four experience, the club has reduced membership rates. Through January, the regular initiation fee has dropped from $6,000 to $250. In February, it will be just $500, and in March, the initiation fee rises to $1,000.

Starting April 1, the joining fee returns to $6,000. And once total membership rises to the 500 mark -- it's at 400 right now -- the club plans to go private, which means the initiation fees will probably rise again.

"Now is definitely the time to join," said head professional Loren Beahm, who's been at Gates Four since 1995. "Once we get to that 500 mark, the initiation fee will go up."

In addition to the spectacular clubhouse, Maples Golf upgraded the course as well. Dan Maples reversed the two nines, making the old front nine the back nine, which allows the course to finish with a manageable par-5 that provides a wonderful view of the new clubhouse. The old 18th hole, which is now the ninth, was a tough, dogleg left par-4 that was difficult to reach in two shots. Maples softened up that hole, providing a wider fairway and better landing area for tee shots.

Maples also completed a major overhaul to the par-4 seventh hole. The fairway used to slope about 35 degrees left to right, sending most tee shots down to a creek on the right side of the fairway. Now the large bank that comprised the left side of the fairway has been leveled to create a hole that is much more accommodating to tee shots.

Other improvements include the completion of a cart path system throughout the entire course, and the addition of drainage systems on several of the low-lying holes.

"All the upgrades have made the course more playable and enjoyable," Beahm explained. "If you haven't played the course in a while, you really need to come back and visit us again. There are so many improvements that you won't recognize the place."

The greens are always among the best around, giving Gates Four a total package for someone looking for a golf and country club, especially with the membership specials.

"It is an unbelievable offer," said Hawk. "What you get for the money, I'd venture to say there's not another country club in the country that offers what we offer for the price."

For information on Gates Four Golf & Country Club or memberships, please call (910) 425-6667.


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