From the opening of the front nine in 1991, Hickory Heights has been the golf course for those who want the country club experience at an affordable price. Designed by Michael Hurdzan, Hickory Heights was intended to be 18 beautiful holes of golf on 170 wooded acres with level landing areas, well-manicured fairways
In January 2009 Sam Depe, III’s,
Because of Sam’s passion and knowledge of golf which is quite evident, Hickory Heights conditions continue to improve.
In November 2017, Sam received the Professional Golf Organization’s Deacon Palmer award at the PGA’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas. Named after Arnold Palmer’s father, the award recognizes a PGA Pro who displayed integrity and character to overcome a major obstacle.
“You get an award associated with any Palmer, you’re overwhelmed,” Depe said. “Arnold Palmer was my favorite. I was very honored, especially a national award.”
He doesn’t miss playing — his tournament days would be over anyway, he said — but he misses the camaraderie, the skins games in the evenings. If he can keep that alive for someone else, he’ll be happy.
“Hoping I can be maybe just a role model,” he said. “If I can get someone to enjoy the game like I have, even after an accident, that would be my goal.”