|In 1971, Clair Jacobsen, along with his wife Lois opened Cee Jay Golf Course. Originally a 9-hole layout, the course was comprised of the current hole #6 as the original first hole, #7 was the second, #8 the third, #9 the fourth, #10 the
fifth, a hole from the current #11 ladies tee to #15 green was the par five sixth hole, #16 was the seventh, #17 the eight, and #18 was the ninth. The entire course played 2,191 yards. They used the old farm house located on the site of
the pavilion as the first club house. The 1st Tee (currently #6 Blue Tee) was built on an old silo foundation, and at times remnants of old silo belts work their way to the surface. The putting green was a spring-fed pond. Some of the
holes were a little different than they play today. Hole #8 played only 150 yards when it was the third hole, with the green located adjacent to the grove of trees. Hole #17 was a straight-away par four to the hedgerow, playing
approximately 250 yards. The green was located at the base of the hill just past today's one hundred yard stake. Hole #9 (the current #18) was also playing around 250 yards, starting on top of the hill below #17 green. It played down
the left hand side of the hedgerow adjacent to hole #17.
|Cee Jay Golf Course was purchased by the Waffle family in the spring of 2005. The purchase was spearheaded by Jeffrey Waffle, President of Colonial Ridge Golf, Inc. Along with partners and fellow officers Glenn Waffle, Vice
President; Julene Waffle, Secretary; and Mona Waffle, Treasurer. Jeffrey brought a 19-year history in the golf industry and a Business Administration/Professional Golf Course Management degree from Methodist University to the golf
course. Along with his brother Michael Waffle, Club House Manager, mother Mona Waffle, Grill Manager, father Glenn Waffle, Golf Course Superintendent, and wife Julene Waffle, Landscaping and Marketing, the Waffle family brings
an overall team effort to the Managing of the golf course as they meet the daily challenges, and long-term goals of the facility.
|As this ad shows, in 1977, Cee Jay Golf Course opened five more holes. Built on the same side of the road as the original #1 through #4, they would serve as holes 5 through 9 for 26 years. In the early years, the first few hundred
yards of today's #1 acted as the driving range. By 1977, this area would house the 150-yard fifth hole starting on the current #1 blue tee and finishing on the nursery green adjacent to the 1st fairway. The sixth hole was the current 1st
hole, except it started on the current yellow tee box and played 443 yards. The seventh and eighth holes were today's #4 and #5 relatively unchanged. This brings us to the ninth hole. One of the most memorable holes to be played by
most golfers. It started across the pond from the 8th green (current #5) and carried almost the entire length of the pond to the nursery green located by the parking lot. It played 100 yards, and it was one of the most brutally beautiful
golf holes one could play. If you came up one yard short of the green, you were in the pond. If you were one yard right, you landed in the road and started a death hop bounding 30 or more yards away, and if you were long, you were
in the parking lot and trading insurance numbers to cover a windshield or a sun roof. This was one of the man factors leading to the future demise of this priceless gem. All in all, Cee Jay Golf Course existed as fourteen holes for
almost five years. During this time the current club house was built, and the original farm house was torn down.
|The longest period in Cee Jay Golf Course history opened in 1983 as Cee Jay matured into an eighteen-hole golf course. Holes #11, #12, #13, #14, and #15 opened for business. This completed the golf course and, outside of a few
projects, was the course layout for the next 20 years. Cee Jay existed most of its life as a 5,400 yard par 69 golf course. It was by far the time of greatest growth for the course. Membership grew, open golf rounds grew, the tournament
program increased, and league play maxed out. The course also received numerous face lifts and expansions. Some of the more notable projects included expanding the green on hole #1(current #6), a new green on hole #3 (current #8)
that extended the par 3 by 70 yards, and the redesign of seventeen and eighteen holes highlighted by the new #17th green. Also during this time Cee Jay gained men's blue and gold tees on all eighteen holes, a new white tee on hole
#11, new red and white tees on hole #13, and a new white tee on hole #16. The land on the opposite side of #4 hedgerow (current #9) was used to build a par 3 executive course in 1988, later to be turned into the current driving range
in 1996. In the late 1990's, the pavilion, the maintenance barn, and the bathroom on hole 14 were built. The large pond on hole #15 was dug in 1988, the pond on #2 (current #7) was dug in 1990, and #10 and #6 (current #1) ponds
|A Project was started in 2000 to help reduce the congestion on the fifth and sixth (current #1), to eliminate the danger on the ninth hole, and to increase the difficulty of the course. Two new holes, six (current #2) and seven (current
#3), were built and opened in 2004. Six, a 355-yard dog leg left par four, and seven (current #3), a 146-yard forced-carry over water par 3, raised the course par to 70, lengthened it to 6,028 yards, and raised the rating and slope from
63.5/100 to 68.7/123. With the new holes, the old fifth and ninth holes were eliminated, a bitter sweet moment as many players will always miss the fun of the brutal ninth hole even as a part of them will never miss the beauty held
in making a septuple-bogey on a hundred-yard par three.
|Colonial Ridge Golf has engaged in a long term effort to revitalize the golf course and enhance the already enjoyable facility in the process. The first major change was to renumber the front nine. Holes 6-9 became 1-5 and holes 1-4
rounded out the front nine as 6-7-8-9. The major reason for the renumeration was to eliminate the congestion on the old first hole, a par three, by starting on a par five, the new first hole. Starting on a par five, decreased tee times from
every 12 minutes to every 8 minutes, allowing more players on the course in a more organized fashion. A project that expanded the thirteenth green and pond was completed in 2007, and a new gold tee was added to the hole in
2008. Landscaping ponds were added to the putting green in 2007, along with a service area in the pavilion. A new tee on hole #4 was started in 2007 and opened in 2010. In 2012, a new pond, tee, and design was applied to hole
four and opened in 2014. In the meantime, tee boxes, cart paths, an greens were updated and made better. Finally, holes 6-8 were renumerated to make the play safer and help players move more quickly from hole to hole. Hole 7
became hole 6, while green 6 became green 7, but 6's original tee boxes disappeared and the old number 8 tee boxes became the tees for the new 7, thus making golfers attack the hole from a completely opposite angle. The tee box for
hole 8 moved to the space between the old #6 tee box and the #9 green. The hole became a 326-yard (from the white tee) dog leg right to the green. In addition, the pavilion was enclosed and indoor simulators were installed so
golfers could play all year long as well as received state-of-the-art lessons.