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The Valley loses head pro to country club in Greensboro

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Jonathan Dudley has left The Valley Golf Course after nearly three years as director of golf operations and head pro.

Dudley has taken a new position as director of instruction at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro.

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The Valley is an 18-hole facility owned and operated by the City of Burlington and might be Alamance County’s busiest course. Tony Laws, director of Recreation and Parks for the city, said the process to fill the position could take at least a month.

Assistant pro Fred Ireland is serving as interim pro, much like he did prior to Dudley’s hiring.

“Fred has done this before and he does an excellent job,” Laws said. “We’re in good hands until we have Jonathan’s replacement.”

The head pro requires certain PGA certification. Dudley’s last day at the course came earlier this month.

Dudley began his role at The Valley in June 2020. He was only the third head pro at The Valley (formerly named Indian Valley Municipal Golf Course) in several decades following Bill English and Derek Cobb.

The city-owned golf course, known for over five decades as Indian Valley, is now known as simply “The Valley.” .

The Valley has five full-time staffers – a pro, Ireland and three workers on the maintenance side. There are numerous part-timers working at the course.

The course has been thriving in recent years, Laws said. In general, the golf industry picked up during the pandemic and The Valley was part of that.

“The course is doing the best it has ever done since we’ve had it,” Laws said. “We stay busy all the time.”

Before taking the position at The Valley, Dudley was on the staff at Mill Creek Golf Club in Mebane for almost four years.

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