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Four years after it closed, Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Stafford County will re-open.

Don Long of Spotsylvania County, who has made a career managing golf courses along the East Coast, has purchased the business and leased the buildings and land from an affiliate of the Silver Cos., which owns the course.

He said he has “a dream of making a course like Cannon Ridge the best it can be.”

The course will be semi-private, meaning membership will be offered but it will also be open to the public.

Along with the golf course opening, the club’s restaurant The Battlefield Grill will be open to the public, serving sandwiches, salads, barbecue, hot dogs and hamburgers.

He said the course “designed like a links course,” is unique to the area for its open layout and long greens.

The course off U.S. 17 in Celebrate Virginia North opened in 2003 but has been closed since the end of 2012, when previous operator, Washington National Golf, declined to renew its lease.

The Silver Cos. has been working since then to find an operator.

Jud Honaker, president of the Silver Cos. commercial development division, said the company recently remodeled the course, replacing the grass with a hardier variety and maintaining the greens for the next tenant. He said golfers should expect lower rates than Cannon Ridge typically had.

Honaker said with Long’s experience in the industry, he “made a compelling sales pitch for the lease.”

Long is now working on getting the course play-ready and ordering new golf carts for the grand re-opening, which will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Lindley Estes: 540/735-1976

lestes@freelancestar.com

@flslindley

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