In 1965, Mr. Mac Issacs, CEO of Bibb Mills built the par three course for the employees of the mill. Initial green fees were only $1.00.
By the early 70's the low green fees and the high cost of maintenance reduced the mill's enthusiasm for operating the course and precipitated its sale to the State of Georgia. It was then transferred to The City of Columbus for recreational use. The city had much the same experience with the "Par Three" as the mill, so in 1979 the course was closed.
Afer remaining idle for a number of years, Mr. Gunby Jordan, the founder of The Green Island Country Club and an avid golfer, decided to
attempt a rescue and leased the course from the city. Even with Mr. Jordan's efforts and the assistance of the Green Island grounds crew, the course continued to lose more money than reason would allow and in 1987 the course was again closed.
In April of 1988, "Coach" Bill Godwin reached an agreement with the City of Columbus to operate the course. At the same time he founded the non-profit organization, Seniors for Kids, with the purpose of giving the youth of Columbus a place
to learn the game of golf and learn values that would be with them throughout their lives.
Seniors for Kids with the help of countless volunteers, operated the course. When "Coach" Godwin's health began to fail in late 1997, he turned the operation of Seniors for Kids over to his son John, a PGA Master Professional. In March of 1998, "Coach" Godwin passed away.
Had he been able to live just a little longer he would have witnessed Seniors for Kids rated by the United States Gold Association as "One of the best youth golf programs in the country." In further recognition of the Seniors for Kids program the USGA awarded a $100,000 grant to the organization. In June of 1998, The Council of The Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia passed a resolution renaming the course Godwin Creek
in honor of "Coach" Godwin and his efforts on behalf of the youth of our area.
In anticipation of raising matching funds from the community, in the form of memberships and contributions, Seniors for Kids began construction on a Desmond Muirhead designed nine-hold golf course.