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golf course and occasionally checks in at the

various courses.

Cary Long is the managing partner at Riverby

Hillls and Eagles Landing. Like his father, Cary

is a CPA and brings an accountant’s discipline

to the golf business. He has seen the ups and

downs of the golf economy and works to

balance the need for a manicured golf course,

with the demands of the bottom line.

TheLong familymembers are long-time residents

of Waterville, as well as, Wood County. Cary

lives near the course, recently moving into the

house previously owned by his grandfather.

RiverbyHills is one of the busiest public courses

in the area and even though it receives heavy

traffic the maintenance staff strives to keep it

one of the best maintained courses around.

The course has four sets of tees for every skill

level. From the Gold Tees the course is a very

playable 5,059 yards, while it can be stretched

to 6,853 for the low-handicap player.

A unique feature of Riverby Hills is the

difference between the front and back nines.

Holes 1-9 offer open fairways and level terrain.

Blast away and post a good score, because the

back nine offers more peril.

The back side is filledwith elevation changes and

although it is shorter, always plays to a higher

handicap. A meandering ditch comes into play

on four holes, plus a large pond makes correct

yardages and accurate shots a must on Nos. 11

and 12. Tight fairways and elevated greens will

challenge even the most skilled golfer.

The 435-yard, par-4, ninth hole at Riverby Hills

is the No. 1 handicap hole on the course. The

wide fairway allows for adequate room to drive

the ball, but the difficulty begins with the second

shot to the green. Trees line both sides of the

fairway and narrow as they approach the green.

Don’t go long or left as the pond separating the

9th and 18th greens is always lurking to drown

an errant second shot.

Take your par or bogey here and move on to

the back nine.

To view a flyover of the 9th hole at Riverby Hills

click this link:

One of the changes for 2016 was the hiring

of Justin Reitzel as the course superintendent.

Reitzel brings a wealth of knowledge to Riverby

Hills. He was the owner/operator of Demor

Hills Golf Club in Morenci, Michigan and

NWO Golf Links