Indiana's Spring Hills Golf Course Is Open For Play
Mel Adams, 66, seems an emi-nently practical man - wise, considerate and thoughtful. His wife, Linda, also 66, has the same attributes. The two would not seem, at first glance, to be a couple who would convert their Hanover, Ind., family farm into an 18-hole golf course.
But they were, as it turned out, the perfect couple to convert the family farm into an 18-hole golf course. In their alleged retirement. After raising six children.
"I didn't want to see the farm as a housing addition," Mel Adams said. "So we had a family meeting and talked about it."
Oh yeah, family. Five of the Adams children - the daughters - live with their spouses and children in separate homes at the back of the old farm. It was the sixth child, son Michael, a basketball coach in Evansville, Ind., who suggested the golf-course idea.
"He drew up a couple of sketches," Mel Adams said.
It was all uphill from there. Adams called in Ron Kern, a Carmel, Ind., golf-course architect. Next came a feasibility study; did the world really need a new 18-hole golf course at Hanover and, more important, would it show up to play?
Kern said he could design a fine - if not quirky - course. The feasibility whizzes said: Yes, the world would show up - over time.
"I called another family meeting," Adams said. "We had to talk it over because someday the kids would have to assume the debt. . . . I told them we don't have a lot of money but if we can make it a family thing you kids can all be working for yourselves some day."
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