BRITT | The Britt Country Club and Golf Course changed its name this summer to the Britt Golf Course to better reflect what it is.

"It's not for certain people," said John Weiland, president of the Britt Golf Course Board of Directors. "It's for everyone."

The restaurant at the clubhouse, which hasn't had consistent hours in the past, is now open to the public from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays.

The restaurant will be open all year round, even when the course is closed for the winter. 

The clubhouse and restaurant, which also has a party room in the back and a dance floor, is "not just for golfers," Weiland said.

During the off season, the clubhouse bar will be open the same hours as the restaurant. The bar will have expanded hours during golf season. 

The city of Britt annexed the golf course land two years ago, which means taxes on the property are paid to the city rather than Hancock County.

However, the city doesn't own the course, Weiland said.

Pritchard Auto Company sponsored a sign that was installed this summer at the course entrance. The sign says, "Welcome to the Britt Golf Course, Public Welcome."

The regular hours at the clubhouse restaurant started two weeks ago. 

"We were busy Friday and Saturday," said the cook, Jeff Mitchell.

He used to run Mitchell's in Leland, but is now leasing it out. While he still had Mitchell's, he said he would come "off and on" to cook at the restaurant at the Britt golf course.

"We are trying to get this up and rolling," Mitchell said. "We hope things take off during the winter."

Wednesdays at the restaurant are wing night, featuring both traditional and boneless chicken wings. 

Thursdays are "cook's choice," with a different meal of Mitchell's choosing -- such as spaghetti or hot beef sandwiches -- on the menu for that week.

Fridays are steak and shrimp night, while chicken and ribs are served on Saturdays.

"We try to do different things that nobody has in town," Mitchell said. 

The prices are reasonable, according to Mitchell. He said customers can order a steak for $11, and the all-you-can-eat chicken and ribs meal on Saturdays costs just $13.

The restaurant has three TVs for those who want to watch sports, while they eat.

The clubhouse is available for parties, including graduations, wedding receptions, wedding rehearsal dinners and family reunions.