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Improving Daviess Co. economy makes it easier for more to enjoy a game of golf

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The improving economy and discounts to golf passes have made it easier and cheaper for people like the Hardins to tee off. The improving economy and discounts to golf passes have made it easier and cheaper for people like the Hardins to tee off.

Running a golf course has become par for the course for the City of Owensboro. Two years after purchasing the Ben Hawes Golf Course, there have been renovations and changes and the golfers are back.

The unemployment rate is lower this year in Daviess County compared to last year. The improving economy and discounts on some activities are allowing more people to go out and have fun.

James Hardin and his wife, Donna, play golf at Ben Hawes almost every day.

"The course is nice. We enjoy the course. We live near by and the price was right this year," Donna said.

The improving economy and discounts to golf passes have made it easier and cheaper for people like the Hardins to tee off.

"Improved pass prices, improved green fee prices all those little things make it more assessable and enjoyable to more people," said Charles Whelan, the assistant manager at Ben Hawes. 

Ben Hawes had a sale of their own this weekend, marking down golf passes by ten percent.

"We ended up selling over 150 passes for the Black Friday sale weekend which greatly exceeded our expectations. It greatly exceeded anything we ever thought it would be," Whelan said.

"We saved $60. We are on retirement so $60 is a lot," James said.

The Hardens are happy to cash in on their golf discount and have seen more golfers than usual at Ben Hawes.

"It's been a lot different since they lowered the price. The economy is not very good, but around here it's pretty good. I can see a difference when they lowered the price. More people are playing," James said.

Nick Brake, President of the Economic Development Corporation, says the reason why Owensboro has a lower unemployment rate compared to the state and national rate is because the city has invested in quality of life like Ben Hawes Golf course and infrastructure like the new regional medical center. 

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