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face any terrain in Europe or

the Pacific.

Over the years the club grew

in popularity and a group of

members formed the Riverby

Hills Country Club. Designer

Ben Zink was contracted to

renovate the property and

the current 18-hole course

opened for play in 1963.

One of the club’s founding

members Phillip Ricketts,

a restaurant owner from

Bowling Green, became the

general manager, and quickly

improved the club’s cash flow

by enticing large outings. He

also oversaw the construction

of the banquet hall for parties

and reunions.

Jim Long was a partner in a

successful CPA firm in Bowling

Green and his firm handled the

accounting for Riverby Hills

Country Club for many years.

When the members of the

club wanted to sell and could

not find a suitable buyer, Long

decided it was time to make an

investment in the future and

bought the property in 1982.

He left his accounting practice

within a couple of years

and devoted full attention

to the operation of the golf

course. With the golf industry

experiencing a growth stage

in the 1990’s, Long decided

to add two more properties

to his operation. Woodland

Golf Club in Cable, Ohio, was

purchased in 1999 and Indian

Springs Golf Club,

near Mechanicsburg,

Ohio, was added a

year later. A fourth golf

course, Eagles Landing

in Oregon, Ohio, was

purchased in 2012.

Jim Long is now

semi-retired and has

turned the day-to-day

operation over to his

sons, but still lives near the

Doug Bortz, Annie Bush, Bill Wilson, Mike Rose

Annie Bush

NWO Golf Links