Twin Lakes, the popular nine-hole public golf course in southern Chapel Hill, shifts to new management June 25.
The course was sold last summer to developer Jim Hodgin of Sheryl-Mar Co. who leased it back to original owner Bill Watkins for one year (CSN, Sep 2019). Watkins retires June 24. Hodgin said Tom Whitt is assuming the contract to operate the golf course for five years. Green fees will remain the same.
Whitt, an experienced golf manager with previous jobs in Raleigh and Holly Springs, already has been involved in work on the Twin Lakes greens. He’s the course’s new GM.
Asked what he’s going to do, Watkins said, “Nothing productive. Not going anywhere, doing anything except rehabbing my shoulder after December surgery.” Watkins retired after running the course for 41 years and said recent weeks were “absolutely busier than normal” during the stay-at-home orders mandated by the coronavirus outbreak. Golf is a permitted activity.