Quincy golf course has seen significant upgrades over the past few years
Not many courses can say they have golfers from all over the country and world come visit its facility.
Westview Golf Course is one of the select few.
The 27-hole hole public course plays host to the prestigious annual Little People’s Golf Tournament.
Westview has played host to the world renown tournament since 1974 and this year’s tournament begins on Sunday.
The Little People’s tournament is broken down into seven different age groups ranging from 3-18 for both boys and girls.
This year’s field , golfers range from Porter Ranch, CA (Joseph Wong), to Needham, MA (Rebecca Skoler), down to Boca Raton, FL (Dean Greyserman) and as far as Shanghai, China.
There is also a golfer named Happy Gilmore (Bloomfield, IN) in the field of 240-plus golfers.
Holding such a popular tournament could be stressful for the pro of any course, but David Morgan mentioned he and his staff is prepared.
“We are pretty much already a tournament ready course,” the Westview Director of Golf mentioned. “And that is mostly because of the outstanding work done by (Golf Course Superintendent) Rick Miles and his staff. They do an excellent job of getting the course ready throughout the entire season.”
The prestige condition of the course is what Morgan believes is Westview’s number one selling point.
“Not only the course itself, but the entire facility,” the proud pro noted. “In the last five years, the course has really been under a makeover, from adding more cart paths, to all the rock, the entrance way, etc. A great first impression is what we are looking for.”
Just before being interviewed earlier this week, Morgan received one of many compliments on the course from a patron.
“A lady just came up to me and told us how great the entrance was and how great of shape the course is in,” he said.
All of the compliments Westview receives is something Morgan cannot take credit for.
“I don’t ever say ‘I am doing a good job’, it’s always WE,” the pro said. “It’s a team effort. It takes the entire team to get us to where we are.”
And Morgan is not the only Westview employee who takes pride in the golfers leaving satisfied.
“The whole staff feels good when they step back and take a look at what we have going on here,” Morgan explained. “Everybody is proud of be a part of this. It’s a great feeling.”
Aside from the Little People’s Tournament, the next biggest attraction at Westview is The Scotty.
The tournament is named after Scott Glasgow, who served as the head professional of the course from 1946-77.
Proceeds from The Scotty are turned back into the course for improvements.
Some notable additions to the course in the last few years include a new cart path from the green on hole No. 11 to the tee box on hole No. 12, the water fountain in the middle of the body of body of water near holes No. 5 and No. 12, and a two-tier green on the Par 3 No. 4.
Hole No. 4 could be considered the signature hole at Westview.
“To me it is the hole which stands out the most now,” Morgan admitted. “It just looks nice now. It has a big green and a beautiful backdrop.”
Morgan’s assistant, Adam Longo, noted holes No. 3 -- short Par 4 with a green protected by water in the front -- and No. 18, are two other holes on the course which get talked about frequently among members and guests.
Although adding a cart path for the entire course is a bit of a pipedream for Morgan, at the moment, other improvements are already in the works.
“We are redoing the drainage on the bunkers,” he said. “We are restructuring them so they don’t get washed out. We will be resurfacing the parking lot starting after The Little People’s and we will be sprucing up the deck.”
In addition to the big tournaments and numerous fundraisers throughout the season, Morgan noted there are plenty of large golfing groups throughout the week.
“We have groups like the Bogey Busters, Rough Riders, and all kinds of bigger groups on Saturday’s, Sunday’s and throughout the week as well,” he said. “It’s always a busy time here, but all of the groups make it fun and enjoyable.”