Jeff Bryan
Rainbow Springs resident Dayanara Valdes, background, waits for Laura Valdes to return a volley while playing pickle ball on the resurfaced tennis courts at Rainbow Springs Country Club.
Dawn of a new era

Conversation and laughter filled the air, old and new friends socialized over coffee, doughnuts and other treats inside the Grill Room at the once-defunct Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club.

Once considered a long shot the facility would ever re-open became a reality Jan. 4 when Gissy-Goetz Properties opened the doors to a portion of the facilities it is leasing to the Rainbow Springs Property Owners Association, whose 3,000-plus members will begin paying an additional $108 per year in assessments this month for access to the facility.