FORT POLK — If you enjoy hitting the links for nine or 18 holes of golfing enjoyment, Warrior Hills Golf Course on Fort Polk could be just the place.
Situated on rolling hills with strategically placed sand traps, ponds and creeks to challenge your shot-making skills and perfectly manicured greens and fairways, Warrior Hills features one of the finest public layouts in West Central Louisiana. The course recently completed a $900,000 upgrade that replaced the greens and tee boxes and an aging golf cart fleet.
To entice area golf aficionados a membership drive that runs through Oct. 31 offers golfers both annual and six-month memberships that save significant money.
“If you purchase an annual membership, it’s like getting two months free,” said Jeff Helminiak, business operations officer, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “The six-month membership gets you one month free.”
To make the deal even sweeter, the Fort Polk garrison has made it convenient for those who are not affiliated with the military, yet want to take advantage of the financial savings and pristine layout.
“The garrison is offering an annual pass to members of the general public who want to come on post to play golf,” Helminiak said. “Just go the visitors center outside of the main gate, get everything checked out and if there are no problems, you get an annual pass.”
Helminiak said garrison leadership is committed to the golf course and its success. He said if players have an issue with the course, they can bring it to garrison’s attention and it will be addressed. In addition to creating a golf advisory council, Helminiak said course management is working with a chemical representative to ensure weed control and grass growing is done right, as well as talking with other military golf courses to develop best practices.
But Helminiak said it would take more than garrison providing a challenging and pleasant golf experience.
“It’s incumbent on the golf course users to make it viable to keep the course open,” he said. “We spent a lot of money and made some hires to keep the course in condition, and we need for golfers — both on and off post — to use the course.”
Helminiak said there are plans to hold more tournaments throughout 2019 and offer other opportunities for golfers to enjoy the course.
“The bottom line is we now have a good product, and we want to keep it here for our Soldiers, so we’re going to do what we can to make this work,” he said. “With everyone’s help, this should be a great place to play golf for years to come.”