Fore!

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.

A view of the Longshore course, courtesy of Golf Digest. ValleyCrest is working hard to get the links looking like this again.

A view of the Longshore course, courtesy of Golf Digest. ValleyCrest is working hard to get the links looking like this again.

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.

 

2 responses to “Fore!

  1. Sandy Soennichsen

    No comments on here yet, or did I miss some not very nice comments being made already?