• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Moss Hill closes after 51 years of business

MOSS HILL GOLF COURSE will close at the end of business hours Thursday, Feb. 28. The 151-acre property has been listed for sale with Biederman Real Estate for 1.6 million dollars. (Photo by Bill Caine)

Moss Hill Golf Course is closing permanently at the end of the day, Thursday, Feb. 28, signaling the end of an era in Woodford County.

Moss Hill, formerly known as Woodford Hills Country Club, has been home to countless weddings, golf tournaments and pool parties since opening in 1967.

“I want to thank Hargus and Sandra Sexton for allowing myself and the members at the course a chance to keep the course open for the last seven years,” said Moss Hill business owner Tom Bozarth. “We had terrific members who supported the course through good times and bad, and there is no way we could have let the golf course thrive without them.”

The property is being sold by the Hargus Sexton Irrevocable Trust and listed with Biederman Real Estate for $1.6 million and will be for sale starting March 1.

For decades, the 151-acre course and pool area were a hot spot for families to spend their summers. Hundreds of kids held their first job at the golf course or swimming pool. Three generations of families have played the golf course, and now it appears that a staple within the county could be lost for good, according to Bozarth.

In recent history, Moss Hill has tried to become more appealing to younger golfers and to grow the number of kids playing golf. The addition of the PGA Junior League allowed Moss Hill to form a team and compete against neighboring courses in a scramble format. The course took their youth initiative a step further by installing family tees in the fairways to allow kids to tee off from a realistic distance.

“We wanted to give kids the chance to learn the game and have fun in the process,” said Bozarth. “I will miss seeing the kids out on the driving range and the putting greens.”

Traditions like the annual Oh! Susannah tournament now appear threatened. Oh! Susannah would have celebrated its 41st season this summer. The Moss Hill Invitational and the Club Championship are other staples at the course.

“We are hopeful that a guardian angel comes along like Mr. Sexton did when Woodford Hills was struggling, and the possibility of losing the course was on the table,” said Bozarth. “When Mr. Sexton passed away in June 2017, the dynamics of the partnership changed and soon after I became the leasing owner of the business. The course is an essential part of history in the county, and it added to our quality of life.”

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