Golfers just want to have fun


David Grant examines a driver at the Duran Golf Club Pro Shop.

VIERA VOICE Darrell Woehler

Everyone wants to have fun at Duran Golf Club.

That’s the word that comes up the most when talking to Duran Golf Club management, league sponsors, Duran Men’s Golf Association members (DMGA) and Duran Women’s Golf Association members (DWGA).

If the weather cooperates, fun is exactly what they have at Duran. The dreaded R word, rain, postponed the final event of the season from the end of March to the beginning of April.

The sun always eventually comes out at the 7,151-yard, par-72 layout at Duran Golf Club. It is located at 7032 Stadium Parkway in Viera.

According to Duran Golf Club General Manager David Tomczak, “the golf course opened in 2005 and the men’s and women’s leagues started in 2009.”

David Grant, 73, has been a member of DMGA since the beginning. The group has nearly 100 members today.

“I practically live on the course,’’ Grant said. “Well, in a home in a subdivision next to the course.”

He says that he plays a lot.

“The league was initially called the Heritage Isle Golf Association because so many of the early players transferred from Heritage Isle,’’ Grant said.

Like many Floridians, Grant came down from up north — via New York and then Virginia. He said that he and his wife enjoy “the weather, of course, the diversity of the people here, fishing, running and doing various volunteer work and also helping with animal services.”

Grant also is a Citizens Observers Patrol member for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

“I greatly admire Duda and Sons for their vision in not only the golf course but for the entire (Viera) idea.”

Sponsors also have a special role.

“Leagues such as these are greatly aided by sponsors,” said Harold “Jerry” McAnulty, the marketing and media representative for Duran Golf Club. “We have two main sponsors this year — Golf Carts Unlimited and HD Dental. VV