The “granddaddy” golf course of Durham held its grand reopening yesterday, unveiling the restoration of the greens and additions of new equipment, including new mowers and a brand new fleet of golf carts. Amerazil Golf, formed by Karl Kimball and Juliano Hannud, took over management of the Hillandale Golf Course last November, shouldering all costs for the improvements. The company has partnered with the City of Durham, which now owns the course, in helping Hillandale move in a positive direction for the next five years (beginning last November).
Karl and Juliano came together through Juliano’s son, Henrique, who was a patient at Duke Children’s Hospital and the first H.E.A.R.T.S. (Hillandale Embracing A Really Tough Situation) Club member. The program helps families with children in the Pediatric and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Hillandale continues to support charitable organizations like the H.E.A.R.T.S. Club, Durham Rescue Mission, Adaptive Golf, The First Tee of the Triangle, First Swing, Special Olympics and the Community Business Support Program.
“Hillandale is the definition of a good corporate citizen,” says Mayor Bell during his speech at the centennial celebration. “Durham is where great things happen, and now Hillandale is where great things will continue to happen.”
Following the speeches, Karl and Juliano joined the Chamber of Commerce in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and released 100 biodegradable balloons to celebrate and to kick off the family fun day, which included face-painting, a visit from Wool E. Bull and The Parlour, and food prepared by Niblick’s Grille.