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Mystic Creek celebrates #1 course status with ribbon cutting

by Marvin Richards | June 10, 2021 at 8:30 p.m.

The Mystic Creek Golf Club held a ribbon cutting ceremony with the El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning.

The club’s manicured landscaping, lush greenery and the sunny day served as the perfect backdrop for the occasion. Chamber ambassadors and representatives, along with El Dorado Mayor Veronica Smith-Creer, House Speaker Rep. Matthew Shepherd, state Sen. Trent Garner and El Dorado City Council Member Dianne Hammond were in attendance to celebrate with the Mystic Creek team.

Started in 2013, Mystic Creek Golf Club is a 7,492-yard 72-par course and was recognized as one of the Best New Courses by Golf Digest in 2013, according to its website. It was also voted 2020’s number one golf course you can play in Arkansas by Golfweek.

The on-grounds facility adds to the picturesque scene with its modern design and light-stained wood features and architecture.

“To be one of the top 50 golf courses you can play in the country, it took a lot of vision, it took a lot of perseverance, it took all of that and more,” Murphy USA President and CEO Andrew Clyde said. “We wouldn’t even be here without that vision.”

Cody Lack, general manager of Mystic Creek Golf Club, took some time before the ribbon cutting to thank his team and show appreciation to everyone that contributes to the daily operation of the club.

“Nothing is done without a great team and we have one here,” Lack said. “The staff we have working on the golf course — as we speak, the staff answering the phone and taking care of things, the outside staff checking in guests and welcoming them into the clubhouse — it is one big team and one big unit and I am thankful for them all.”

Jaren Books, membership and events coordinator for the Chamber, spoke about the importance of Mystic Creek Golf Club to El Dorado.

“This is a huge investment in El Dorado,” Books said. “The investment is shown in how people have responded to it and enjoy the club here.”

President and CEO of the Chamber, Bill Luther spoke next and reiterated the beauty of the grounds and thanked everyone for coming out, but kept his remarks short and concluded with, “Everything is utterly amazing here but let’s cut the ribbon,” drawing laughter from those in attendance.

Everyone in attendance gathered in front of the Mystic Creek Clubhouse and the ribbon cutting ceremony commenced, officially marking the induction of the club into the Chamber.

Update: This story has been change to reflect Andrew Clyde's correct title at Murphy USA.

Gallery: Mystic Creek Golf Club Ribbon Cutting

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