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Eighteen Mile Creek Golf Course debuts as Hamburg hits milestone

Hamburg has changed the name of the town golf course to Eighteen Mile Creek Golf Course.

The change comes as the course is starting its 40th year this week, with the earliest opening in course history.

Recreation Director Martin C. Denecke said the town wants non-Hamburg residents to know they can use the course.

"It's more about inviting people outside our community to come," he said. "Our bond is paid off, which helps us in terms of developing our reserve fund to do projects and make improvements."

The bond was for the expansion from nine to 18 holes in 1998.

The town also restructured fees from three types, resident, neighbor (for surrounding towns) and nonresident, to two categories: resident and nonresident. Season passes also are available to residents and nonresidents, Denecke said.

The name change was discussed by the Golf Advisory and Recreation Advisory boards, he said.

"It's been considered for years. We thought this would be the best year to do it, starting our 40th season," the recreation director said.

The name was selected because a tributary to the creek winds through the course, which has 18 holes. He said a contest will be conducted to select a logo for the new name.

The town was considering changing the name last year, and some feared that it was a step toward privatizing the golf course, but town officials said there are no plans to privatize or sell the course.

The town also renovated the clubhouse last year.