By Andrea Camarena

For Steve Maaske, golf is life. He's not only the owner of the Exeter golf course, he's the manager, the private lesson coach and when he took ownership of the course in March of 2004 he moved into a home above the clubhouse with his wife.

This isn't Maaske's first time running the course. He originally bought the course in 1976 and has been involved with golf since. "It's all I've done for 30 years."

Since taking back ownership, last year, the course has undergone extreme changes and Maaske's seen a 15% increase in revenue.

"The previous owners had taken the business into the toilet," Maaske said. "The owners were in L.A. They weren't able to take care of the course."

When Maaske took over, the course was in bad shape and losing business. Sprinkler heads were broken. The grass was unkempt and dying.

Maaske put in $50,000 of renovations into the course including repaving the parking lot, fixing the sprinkler system, installing a new kitchen in the club house and replacing the mowers.

"It's taken about one year to fix the golf course back up," Maaske said. The result has been increased business at the course.

"We had a wonderful spring," Maaske said. "And our mornings are still busy."

Despite the summer heat, 40 to 60 seniors still attend the weekly senior tournament at 8 a.m. every Thursday. The course also fills up for the Thursday night scramble at 5:30 p.m. and the Ladies' club game on Wednesday mornings.

"The green fees are the most reasonable in the area," Maaske said. At $7 for nine holes, it beats out all of the Visalia courses as well as Woodlake.

The nine hole course has six par 3 holes and three par 4 holes with the longest hole at 400 yards and the shortest at 85 yards.

Monthly passes are available at $50 per person or $75 for a family pass.

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