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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY— Glen Hills Golf Club has welcomed a new Club Manager – Todd Huffman.
Huffman replaces Bruce Halvorson, who left for an opportunity to co-own a course near Chetek, after serving Glen Hills for a decade.
A retired business owner and former human resources director, Todd Huffman decided he was a bit too young to retire and was looking for a hobby job when the opportunity at Glen Hills Golf Club came open.
Huffman resides in River Falls with his wife, Sandra. They have two children together.
Before he became the club and course manager at Glen Hills, he owned his own business in Prescott.
He explained that his business in Prescott was a meat market as well as a liquor store and gas station that made Italian sausage for pizzas and even processed venison.
“I’ve owned a couple businesses,” Huffman said. “Before the meat market I worked for Tom Thumb for 18 years.”
While at Tom Thumb, a former regional convenience store chain that once had 131 stores in Wisconsin and Minnesota before filing for bankruptcy in 2004, Huffman wore several hats including store manager, director of human resources, director of the training department and finally the food supervisor.
“I was actually the last employee there when they filed for bankruptcy,” explained Huffman. “After that, I bought two of the stores and renovated and made them profitable before selling them.”
He explained that he is just getting his feet wet and setting up leagues, which in his opinion is a lot to go through and analyze. He also said that everyone he had met thus far in the Glenwood City area has been welcoming and friendly.
“We had two high school tournaments set up, one on April 5 that we couldn’t host, and then the one on May 10,” Huffman said. “There was one on April 3, but Coach Kittilson canceled that one.”
The golf course opened fully on April 19 to anyone who was willing to walk, and then on April 20 the course opened up to anyone wanting to use a golf cart.
“They did a great job remodeling the club house,” noted Huffman. “With the view, I can see why people just want to sit out here and have a cocktail.”
For Huffman, his job as manager is much more than book work. It also involves cooking, bartending, and hands on with everyone who works and comes in to the club.
During league nights, there is typically three employees on staff, but on Friday evenings for the fish fry there can be up to six on staff.
Currently, there are six employees from last year and several new staff members for this year, and Huffman is hoping to hire at least one or two more.
League nights run Monday through Thursday with a juniors’ league, two man men’s league, senior league, women’s league, couples league, and a four man men’s league.
Most courses run one league a week, but a smaller course tends to run a few more than that, Huffman said.
Anyone wanting to do a full 18 holes will have to do two rounds of nine as Glen Hills Golf Club is only nine holes.
Friday is unlimited golf for a set price and Saturday and Sunday is open golf unless there is a tournament on the weekends.
Huffman stated that as much as he loves to play golf he may not have much of an opportunity to do so now that he manages the club.
So, for now, he will leave the golfing to his wife, Sandra, who he bought new clubs for at Christmas.
For any questions, the public is welcome to call Glen Hills at 715-265-4718 or visit the course.