Simpson County Country Club has named a new club manager, Lexi Fortenberry.
A first visit to the club that gave Fortenberry a bad impression now looks as if it may be beneficial for everyone involved.
Fortenberry said she had gone to visit the club with the intention of joining, but because of the disarray she saw--lack of activity and the need for a good cleaning--she opted not to join.
It wasn’t long before she learned that the club was looking for a manager, and she saw an opportunity to do something for herself as well as the club. She said there are a lot of opportunities to offer activities other than golf and that is where she comes in.
She said she has the experience to make things happen as she did with her mom’s business in Mendenhall. They took a consignment shop, New Beginnings, and turned it into a successful business right on Main Street, Mendenhall.
She said she wants to offer activities other than just golf at the country club. The club has been sponsoring some events over the course of the spring and summer and she wants to build upon those activities as well as offer other events for the community.
The club has sponsored Bingo night since spring as well as classes geared toward activities for women in the community such as flower arranging and painting. With Lexi coming on board club president Stephen Yelverton said, “We are hopeful to start offering several opportunities for members at the country club.”
Yelverton went on to say that the course is in probably the best shape it has been for several years. He said part of the reason for the improvements has to do with work of the Members Golf Association.
In addition to the activities Lexi is planning she said it is the goal to have a full-fledged pro shop opened within six months. She said there has been a lot of interest from the membership in this regard.
So what is on the list short term? September 6 there will be a Labor Day Golf Tournament starting at 8 a.m. with open play starting at 1 p.m. There will be a fund-raising tournament September 16 to raise funds for a Honduras Mission Trip. The annual Bar-B-Q is set to be played October 23 and 24.
So a little bit about Lexi. She is the wife of Witt Fortenberry, circuit clerk for Simpson County. They are about to celebrate their first anniversary. They have one child, Mary Michael, who is four months old. Lexi, formerly Cockrell, has Simpson County roots. She attended Hinds Community College and studied Business Management.
The club is currently open Tuesdays through Sundays from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. The standard membership is $80 per month and can be set up with a credit card draft or through a bank draft. She said if you are interested in becoming a member the new member fee is $100. You may either contact her or any member of the board for an application. Fees for a member golf are $8 for nine holes or $15 for $18 holes. Non-members are $17 for weekday play or $22 for weekend play with a cart fee of $8 per nine holes. The club does offer a special on Thursdays-$20 for a play all day for members or non-members.
Lexi said the club is also interested in finding someone who may be interested in providing a food operation at the club. They should contact her or any board member.