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‘Grand farewell’ to Tower Tee: Popular South County golf course closes after 50 years

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A “grand farewell” was held for Tower Tee before the driving range and Par 3 course closed for good after more than 50 years.

For many attendees, Saturday marked a bittersweet last swing.  

Tower Tee Golf Complex will soon be demolished to make room for a residential subdivision. The recreation center lost it's lease to a private developer last fall.

"Brought my two grandkids so that's the joy of it, sadness because this is my last time, " said Delmar Hovis, " I've been coming here since I was 4-years-old."

While the closure marked an end to an era for Hovis, Nick Swadek, founder of Tower Tee Battling Cages, says he's indifferent. 

Swadek, 95, built the batting cage portion from the bottom up decades ago. 

"You know I really didn't care. It was a great part of my life, I was coming off of bankruptcy when I came here," Swadek said, "Things just change that's all and there's nothing you can do about it."

A Gateway PGA tournament was be held on May 29 which featured several giveaways and small concerts at the pavilion. 

The land that Tower Tee sits on is owned by Tegna.

McBride Homes is hoping to build a subdivision on the property.

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