Leagues, non-profit groups keeping busy at Spring Valley Golf Course

SUMMER SEASON: Golfers get ready for another round of action at Spring Valley. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
SUMMER SEASON: Golfers get ready for another round of action at Spring Valley. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

REED CITY — It’s mid-July and the action is heating up at Spring Valley Golf course for the summer.

After a mediocre spring in which no golf was played in March, the weather is more to the golfer’s liking and that’s just fine for the various leagues playing at Spring Valley.

Owners Don and Carol Semeyn note that the league setup is similar to what’s its been in years past. There are again seven leagues this season. All the leagues go from now until mid or late


The Sunday scramble league started in early April and goes every Sunday with sign-up between 3-3:30 p.m. The league makes the foursomes and is open to all golfers.

There are two men’s leagues, one on Tuesdays and another on Thursdays. The Tuesday league has tee times 4-6 p.m. while Thursdays tees off at 5 p.m. with a shotgun start. It’s a partner league.

Three is another men’s league, the Masters, which starts at 1:30 p.m. on Mondays and is open to men 55 and older. Two women’s leagues are featured on Monday and Wednesday. Both are open to women of all levels. The Monday league opens 4-5:45 p.m. tee times the Wednesday league is a 9:30 tee time.

The Friday Couples league tees off 4:30-5:30 p.m. on


Don Semeyn noted that golfers had a tough time very early in the spring to get on the course.

“I’ve been here 33 years and this has been the worst season I’ve seen,” he said. “We did more business in March last year than we did in April this year. (Friday) has been one of the busiest days. That course has been full.

“June was a little down from last year. But last year was a good year. It started early. We didn’t do anything this year in March. Normally we don’t open until the first of April. But we did (open in March last year).”

“Leagues are doing well this year,” Semeyn said. “These leagues have been going on (for a long time). We’re holding our own this year. We’ve had a lot of outings.”

Carol Semeyn noted that the course has been available for use by nonprofit groups. Habitat for Humanity and Big Brother/Big Sisters have been among the participating


The golf outing recently for Habitat for Humanity is a fundraiser to help raise money to build homes for selected families and is the single biggest fundraiser the charity holds each year to supply materials for the homes for families in need. The outing attracted 14 teams of golfers.

The course “is in beautiful shape right now,” Don Semeyn said, pointing to favorable rainfall throughout the season.

Upcoming events are the Great American Crossroads Festival in August, the Ladies Invitational Aug. 7, the Spring Valley Revenge Sept. 8 and the membership Plaid Party Oct. 5. Mecosta-Osecola County WISE is having an event July 24. On Aug. 16, the Reed City Athletic Department is having an outing.

“We’re able to work with (nonprofit organizations) well,” Carol Semeyn said.