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Fore!

Alert — and safety conscious golfer — Philip Corbo writes:

I am an avid golfer. My handicap is around 4. I hit the ball in excess of 100 mph.

At Longshore, the entrance road runs between the 6th and 7th holes. Although I generally keep the ball in play, that was not the case on my 7th hole tee shot the other day.

My shot headed directly for a car. Our group heard a loud bang. We thought the worst.

Fortunately, it hit a speed limit sign. There was no damage to the car, or anyone.

Not 30 seconds after my errant shot though, a person came into view pushing a stroller — at the exact spot where the sign was.

The sign on the Longshore entrance road is clear. (Photo/Philip Corbo)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve warned people of the dangers, but it seems to fall on deaf ears.

Ten or so years ago, someone was pushing a stroller down the same road. The toddler was not so lucky. The ball took one bounce off the road, and struck the baby in the head. The infant spent the next several months in the hospital — and was lucky to live.

Longshore is a beautiful place for a stroll — but it is not the place for babies in strollers.

I hope this message garners attention. It is an accident waiting to happen — again.

Fore?!

The Longshore golf course was supposed to open today.

Not gonna happen.

This photo of the Longshore golf course was actually taken on February 18. The scene today does not look much different. Except that the sun is not out. And it’s still snowing. (Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Westport, this was the scene the day after April Fool’s Day:

Evergreen Avenue, looking toward town. (Photo/JP Vellotti)

 

59!

For the 3rd time in history, a golfer has shot a 59 on the Longshore golf course.

This time though, there’s no asterisk.

The other day, assistant club pro Chris Davies fired that record-tying score.

That ties the round shot previously by Andrew Gai and former head pro John Cooper.

Chris Davies

However, Gai was playing alone — so it’s unofficial. And Cooper’s round came when the 17th hole was under renovation. The hole was playing as a par 3, making the course a par 68.

Davies was playing in a threesome, on the par 69 course.

Actually, he does have an asterisk. But it’s a great one.

Davies — who in addition to his other duties is in charge of the junior program — got a hole-in-one on his record-tying afternoon. It came on the 8th hole.

So while the traditional “ace” drinks were on him, we should all drink a round to his incredible round.

Chris Davies’ scorecard

Pic Of The Day #119

Longshore golf course, 10th hole (Photo/Dave Dellinger)

Longshore Golf Course Opening Set

Today is not exactly golf weather.

But Parks & Rec announced moments ago that the Longshore golf course will open April 10 — weather permitting.

Golfers will see 2 new faces: head pro Jon Janik and course superintendent Todd Salamone.

Both have scrambled to get the greens, bunkers and pro shop ready. They were appointed less than a month ago.

Also new: the golf course website (www.longshoregolfcourse.com) and pro shop phone number (203-221-0900).

Other numbers remain the same: automated tee times (203-341-1833) and day-of-play tee times (203-226-9785).

Westport residents can purchase or renew a golf handpass by clicking here, or in person at the Parks & Rec Longshore office, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fore!

The Longshore golf course reopens soon.

 

Parks & Rec Names New Golf Pro, Course Superintendent

With spring just a chip shot away, Westport Parks & Recreation Department has filled 2 big golf course holes.

Director Jen Fava announced today the appointment of Jon Janik as head professional, and Todd Salamone as Longshore golf course superintendent.

Janik played at Longshore as a member of the St. Joseph High School golf team.

Jon Janik

Born and raised in Bridgeport, he learned the game at Fairchild Wheeler. He won the 1997 junior club championship there, then 5 years later the men’s club title.

Janik began working in the golf industry while still at Fairfield University. He spent 3 summers at the Ivan Lendl Golf and Tennis Camp. After graduating, he became the assistant pro at Tashua Knolls in Trumbull. A year later, he was named head pro.

In 2007 Janik earned his professional golf management degree, and was elected to PGA membership.

He has won the Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf Leader Award, and been recognized as a US Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teacher.

Janik also served as Trumbull High’s boys golf team head coach. In 2014 he was named FCIAC Boys Golf Coach of the Year.

Todd Salamone

Salamone has been with BrightView Golf Maintenance for 4 years, as senior assistant superintendent at New York’s Village Club of Sands Point. In 2015, he oversaw a bunker renovation there.

The Queens native majored in turf science at Ohio State University. After graduation he worked at private clubs on Long Island, and volunteered at pro events including the US Open and US Amateur.

Fava said, “We are very excited to welcome our new team to Longshore. We look forward to a great season, and lots of good things to come.

“We hope all of our golfers welcome them when the golf season gets underway.”

Information on course openings will be announced soon.

Longshore Golf Pro Situation Still Rough

The Longshore golf course opens in about 6 weeks.

There are still no carts or balls in the pro shop. A new pro has not yet been hired.

Now there’s no greenskeeper either.

Michael Golden — who earned raves as head golf course superintendent at Longshore, turning the facility into Golfweek’s #8 public place to play in 2016 — has moved on to Sterling Farms in Stamford.

A number of Longshore golfers have expressed concern about the unsettled situation. As reported in December on “06880,” longtime pro John Cooper felt that the terms offered for renewal of his contract were untenable.

The town has reworked its RFP, but so far has not reached an agreement with a new pro.

Time for a  mulligan?

The Longshore golf course reopens in just a few weeks.

The Longshore golf course reopens in just a few weeks.

Golf Can Really Tee You Off

Spotted on the Longshore course:

Longshore sign

Drive It!

The Longshore golf course looks great these days.

Making it even better: new signage.

Longshore signage

All that’s needed now: Something to make your golf game look as sharp as the signs.

(Hat tip and photo: Kaye Leong)

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.