BEVERLY-Sixty-two years ago, Beverly resident Heber "Chop" Ullman built the Lakeside Motel near a small fishing lake he had developed on land his wife, Betty, had inherited from her father along Ohio 60, just south of Beverly.
Seven years later the Ullmans added the nine-hole Lakeside Golf Course adjacent to the motel property. And by 1965 the Lakeside had become the full 18-hole golf course it is today.
"The original nine-hole course opened in July 1959 and was located east of the motel," said Dave Combs, current general manager of the golf course and motel facilities.
SAM SHAWVER The Marietta Times
A group of local golfers enjoy a day on the links near the clubhouse at the Lakeside Golf Course in Beverly.
Photo courtesy of the Lakeside Golf Course
This undated photograph shows a couple at the entrance to a 250-foot grove of cedar trees that once graced the property just north of the Lakeside Golf Course clubhouse. The area where the golf course now lies was dubbed “The Cedars” by original property owner Benjamin Dana nearly 200 years ago.
He said the original course had been laid out on the former location of a potato patch.
"Jack Hart from the Parkersburg Country Club designed the course," Combs said. "You could play all nine holes for $1 weekdays, and $1.25 on weekends."
Two rounds of the course made 18 holes, which cost $1.75 on weekdays and $2.25 on weekends.
1818-Benjamin Dana, grandson of General Israel Putnam, builds a two-story brick house on his farm property, now located along Ohio 60 near Beverly.
1952-Heber "Chop" Ullman builds the Lakeside Motel just north of the Dana house.
1955-Ullman provides a landing strip on the property for small private planes carrying vacationers to Washington County.
1959-Ullman develops a golf course and opens the original nine-hole facility to the public.
1965-Ullman adds another nine holes to make the Lakeside Golf Course full 18-hole facility.
1989-Chuck Ungurean of Dublin and two partners purchase the golf course and motel properties. Later Ungurean becomes sole owner of the facilities.
Today the Lakeside Golf Course and Motel are owned by Chuck Ungurean of Dublin, who purchased the property with two partners from the Ullmans in 1989. Later, Ungurean became the sole owner of the more than 800-acre property.
The golf course covers approximately 190 acres.
"It's always been a pretty popular course, and like other golf courses we've had our ups and downs, depending on the weather and the economy," Combs said. "But the course has been continuously operated for 55 years now."
He said the public course has 10 leagues now that play four mornings a week, Monday through Thursday.
"In the last three years we've seen a 50 percent increase in golf play here," Combs added. "I think there are a lot of people who just love to play golf in this area. Our youngest is probably around 5 years old, and the oldest in his early 90s."
He said local high schools also use the course, including golf teams from Fort Frye, Waterford, and Morgan County high schools. And during the last year the Division 1 sectionals for Ohio's Southeast and Eastern districts were played at Lakeside.
Combs said about 30 golf tournaments are scheduled at the course this year.
"We get a lot of younger guys playing, but golf is also a 'getaway' game for some of the older men," he noted. "But it's also a great sport that families can enjoy together."
Eric Farley, a graduate of Warren High School who attended Methodist University in North Carolina, is the pro at the Lakeside course.
"I've been involved with golf since I was 14," he said. "I studied business management at Methodist University, but also obtained my PGA certification there."
Farley, who teaches golf classes at Lakeside, agreed it's a great sport for anyone.
"I think people are sometimes a little intimidated by the game and by more experienced golfers, but they shouldn't be," he said. "We have golfers playing at all skill levels here."
Combs said the golf course is open to the public year round.
"The hours vary according to the weather and time of year, but generally during the summer the course is open from 7 a.m. to dusk," he said. "We recommend calling ahead for tee times because sometimes we're really busy, especially in the summer time."
The club at the Lakeside Golf Course has 139 members currently, although some of those include entire families, Combs said.
Lakeside also offers golf outing packages which include lodging at the 38-unit Lakeside Motel and fishing in nearby Lake Chopper.
"Our owners have been very supportive of these facilities and made some major investments, including a complete renovation of the motel rooms-a three-year project that will be completed by the end of this month," Combs added. "We also have banquet facilities available that can seat up to 150 people."