WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - The sun will set two days from now on Quail Walk Country Club in Wetumpka for Earl Singleton.
"It's been fun, met some great people," said Singleton.
But it's not necessarily the end of an era.
Singleton, meantime, says he's 78, tired and it's time to go home.
"You know, I think if I'm ever going to retire, now is the time," he said.
Earl Singleton bought the place 10 years ago and made what he says were $650,000 worth of improvements such as refurbishing the swimming pools, a new golf cart barn, and added hundreds of trees and plants on the course. The irony about Singleton's work on the club swimming pool is this is what he did for a living as the owner of Earl's Spas and Pools for many years in Wetumpka.
"It has paid its way," he said.
Singleton said business is good, hundreds of golfers per month make this their playground such as Glenn Nobles and friends.
"It's always been family friendly. I know a lot of people whose kids grew up out here," said avid golfer Glenn Nobles.
You may be surprised to learn there is something unusual about Earl Singleton's ownership of Quail Walk Country Club. He doesn't play golf and never has. It's kind of a running joke in a good-natured way on the greens.
'"He doesn't know anything about golf," Nobles said wryly.
Still, golfers like Glenn Nobles don't hold that 'handicap' against Singleton. They say Singleton brought an added touch, a personal feel, to a course not known for its challenging roughs.
"It's always been a good family place to hang out, even at the clubhouse," said Nobles.
As for the future, Earl Singleton would very much like to sell. We've learned the city of Wetumpka might be interested but no meaningful talks have taken place.
Until then, Earl Singleton is prepared to say so long to a club he's come to cherish from the ground up.
Singleton said the club will close sometime Sunday afternoon after the last golfer takes the last swing on the 18th hole.