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Robert Herbert and the Quail Ridge Golf and Country Club want to make one thing clear.

The Spring Hill course, despite contrary belief, is open for business.

"A lot of people on street are asking us, 'Hey, heard you were closed. What happened?'" said Herbert, the fourth-year course pro at Quail Ridge. "We have some longtime golfers read the paper and didn't come by for a couple weeks and started playing golf somewhere else."

"People are confused."

That they are. That's because the Aug. 28 edition of the Times featured a story on the struggle of local courses in a shaky economy, including the temporary closing of Quail Hollow Golf Course in Wesley Chapel.

That's Quail Hollow, not Quail Ridge. The Times has already addressed that issue in the Sept. 4 edition, but Herbert says they are still hearing about how they have closed.

"I've got family members calling me, asking what I'm going to do about a job since the course is closing," Herbert said. "I'm like, 'What are you talking about? I'm at work right now.'"

Herbert points out that the average number of golfers for this time of the year has dropped off, but can't pinpoint just what attributed to the confusion.

"I just can't tell because I'd have to survey everyone," Herbert said.

Herbert adds that the confusion has a double whammy since his course, Quail Ridge, is off State Road 52 and Quail Hollow is off State Road 54. He feels people are confusing both the names and addresses.

"I feel like we're making a plea here," Herbert said. "We are open. I have a hard enough time getting people here with the money problems that I don't need them thinking we're not open for business."

For more information, contact Herbert at (813) 996-2630.

League: The Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville will once again host the Belles and Beaus Golf League every Wednesday beginning Nov. 5. The weekly event will run 8:45 a.m.-noon. Cost is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers, which includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, drink and weekly prizes.

For more information, contact Christi Adams at (352) 544-5485.

EVENT: The 10th Annual Wellington Golf Tournament at the Seven Hills Golfers Club in Spring Hill on Oct 12 raised more than $1,600 for the Rett's Foundation. The Rett's Foundation helps research into rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a child's (mostly girls) head, hands and feet. The Wellington Thursday Mixed Golf League provided the Wellington Cup as an annual trophy for the winner of the Callaway System scored event. Eric Roller was the winner.

Upcoming events

Oct. 26: First Wildlife Survival Sanctuary will host a golf scramble at Seven Hills Golf Course in Spring Hill. Four person teams will have a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and cost is $50 per golfer. All proceeds will benefit the Wildlife Sanctuary. Prizes will be given to the top three golfers for both men and women and there will be a putting contest, with the winner walking away with a bottle of Crown Royal.

For more information, contact Joe Swilley at (813) 781-8701 or e-mail

Oct. 27: The annual Pasco Sheriff's Golf Classic Tournament will be held at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club starting at 9 a.m.

This is the fourth straight year it's being held Lake Jovita and the deadline to register is Oct. 20. Cost is $150 for individuals or $600 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit youth programs through Pasco Sheriff's Charities Inc., including the Pasco Police Athletic League, Youth Services Program, Explorer's Post 916, Safety Town, D.A.R.E. and Gang Resistance Education and Training. Registration can be found at For more information, contact Doug Tobin at (727) 844-7732.

Oct. 31: The Hernando County Advisory Board of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg is sponsoring its Fourth Annual Golf Tournament at the Hernando Oaks Golf & Country Club.

Registration is at 11 a.m. and cost is $60 per golfers. There is a 128 golfer limit. The event includes awards, prizes, contests and food. All money raised will go to building a new Catholic Charities Northern Counties Social Services Center in Hernando County. For more information, contact Abby at (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.

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