October, 2016 Newsletter

Cassel Hills Newsletter – Fall, 2016

In this issue: Liquidation Sale- TJ’s Closing Scramble – Closing Comments

Starts Saturday, October 8 -Retirement Sale- Going Out of Business Sale - Liquidation Sale – Use Your Shop Credit! - All items must go!

As we close out the 2016 season we still have a lot of nice items at least 30% - 50% off!

  • High quality apparel items by Under Armour, Foot Joy and Adidas.

  • Top line golf balls from Titleist, Bridgestone and Callaway.

  • Shoes from Adidas.

  • Headwear from Titliest, Under Armour and Adidas.

  • Foot Joy golf socks, HJ gloves, towels, umbrellas, head covers, etc.

  • Two nice sets of irons; Titleist AP2 714 with Steel Fiber Shafts, 3-9, PW, GW; and a set of 2018 Ping G Series Irons, 5-9, PW, GW and only the #5 iron has been hit, either set $500.00 each.


As a note, any shop credit not redeemed will be transferred to a Gift Certificate in your name by February 10, 2017.

TJ’s Closing Scramble and Men’s Association Meeting Info

TJ’s Closing Scramble: Saturday, October 8 – 8:30 am Shotgun

Meal and Meeting to follow.

Action Items:

  • Formation of Bylaws Committee

  • Open Registration for Association Championships

  • Eligibility for members of Butler HS Golf Team

Closing Comments

It is well known that I will be calling it a career at the end of 2016. To all of the wonderful people at Cassel Hills, I want to thank you for your patronage over the last 32 years. I started in the golf business in August, 1966, picking practice balls at my family’s driving range in Huber Heights (Marchi’s Golf Center). Other than a two-month stint at a Famous Recipe restaurant in 1969 and working 5 days as a dock worker (casual) at ABF, I have had no other jobs outside the golf business. I also spent time at Miami Valley, Meadowbrook, Cliffside, Walnut Grove, and NCR CC. It was literally 50 years from the day I started in the business to the day I submitted my retirement notice.

My love affair with Cassel Hills started as a 20- year old when I would park on old Cassel Road and walk over to watch the construction of this golf course. I remember the preview on local TV (just before the opening) when Chris Hale compared the back nine to NCR South. Also, when DDN golf writer Gary Nuhn (in an article he penned about the 1976 US Open) stated that the Atlanta Athletic Club (host site) was just Cassel Hills GC, with $500,000 in upgrades. During the late ‘70’s there always seemed to be a buzz about the facility. Whether it was the notorious layout, the upscale Clubhouse, or the majestic views. All features that set a new standard for a municipal facility.

Chris Hale left after the 1980 golf season and I interviewed for the Golf Professional position during that off season. I was not selected. I was really disappointed, but I just wasn’t seasoned enough for the position, which (to his credit) then City Manager, Mike Ratcliff, realized. Three years later and after a stint at NCR Country Club, (where I gained valuable experience in a high volume operation) I interviewed for the position again, and everything felt right. I started on March 1, 1984. I had no staff, no carts and no merchandise. However, that was okay, I just felt it would all work out. It seemed as if all the players had patience with the new guy, and the fact that the weather was not very good and our Grounds Superintendent at the time was very protective of the course, I was afforded some time to get organized. I think of the highlights over the years; Hosting numerous PGA Chapter/Section and MVGA amateur events; the Golf Course Renovation of 1993; Cassel Hills GC twice being name “Best Golf Course in the Valley” in 1997 and 2015. I got to play golf (here) with Alice Cooper, and the rock groups ZZ Top and Tesla also played golf here, as did country rock band, MacGuffey Lane. Angelo Argea, Jack Nicklaus’ long-time white haired caddy, played many rounds here. Some of you may recall Al Schottlekotte from Channel 9 in Cincinnati, he played here many times, as did Donna Jordan, a WDTN/WHIO news anchor. Bruce Berenyi, a former pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, played several rounds here. It was not unusual to see Mike Hartsock, Larry Hangsen or Bucky Albers tee it up at Cassel Hills. Chuck Upthegrove and his yearly tournament became a beloved fixture at Cassel Hills.

During my tenure I have enjoyed tremendous support from both the City Staff and City Council. The players of Cassel Hills need to realize just how important this facility is to the City leaders. There will be a new era for Cassel Hills GC and the patrons need to embrace the new model and support whatever option the City’s leaders choose. I am convinced that they will keep your best interests in mind.

As the game of golf evolves towards whatever it will become, whether facilities continue to close; or Top Golf takes over the world; or (let’s hope), we see a return to golf’s traditions. Where the players of the game are again attracted to its challenge and embrace the responsibility for the care of the course. These traditions existed when I came to Cassel Hills. The players were fervently proud of the facility, they embraced the challenge of this course, and made fun of the area players who claimed it was just too tough. A lot of those players have moved on or passed on. As for the rest of us, I don’t know if we got soft, or just got old, but I rarely see that attitude and I really miss that!


John Marchi