When the Longshore golf course closed for the winter, it was not in good shape.
The next few months were not exactly kind.
But as spring takes its first, tentative — and very late — steps, an air of excitement hovers over all 18 holes.
Parks and Recreation director Stuart McCarthy sent an email yesterday to golfers. Acknowledging that course conditions over the past 2 seasons have “not met your expectations,” he outlined many steps being taken to “restoring the greens to championship condition.”
Perhaps the most important is outsourcing maintenance to ValleyCrest. The company — which services over 75 courses nationwide — introduces itself Monday, April 21 (7 p.m., Town Hall auditorium) in a public meeting.
New superintendent Ryan Segrue will be there. By that time, the Stanwich Club and Lake Isle Country Club veteran will already have performed a deep tine aeration of the greens.
The course is anticipated to open on or around Friday, April 18. In celebration, for every 18-hole round played through May 23, the golfer will receive a voucher for a free round good any time during the 2014 season.
The nearby practice range at Hendricks Point is temporarily closed. Hurricane Sandy exposed the landfill, and — after finally getting DEP permits — restabilization work is underway.
Finally, Longshore pro John Cooper has unveiled a new and improved website. www.LongshoreGolf.com includes the latest course information (frost delays, conditions, etc.), a calendar of events, a Twitter feed, tips from the pros and more.
It’s been a rough patch for Longshore golfers — and the staff that serves them. 2014 will be far more than par for the course.