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Accolades & Promotions
After taking care of the grounds at Harwichport Golf Course for 18 years, ten of those as superintendent, longtime Harwich resident Bob Kingsbury was recently promoted to superintendent/general manager. Kingsbury didn’t really take up the sport until just a couple of years ago. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always dabbled, then I realized that as the superintendent it would be a good idea to play. It really gives me a different perspective of the course,” said Kingsbury. It was clear from the comments of golfers coming on and off the course one recent particularly hot and humid afternoon that the members and players at Harwichport are quite pleased with the direction in which Kingsbury is taking this friendly neighborhood spot. Changes include the installation of a comprehensive irrigation system and turning the infamous 3rd hole from the “Valley of Death” into “Pleasant Valley.” For details on said transformation: go play golf there!
Paul Rudeen, the PGA Director of Instruction, received PGA Master Professional Certification in instruction in June 2010. He will be using his new teaching skills to offer lessons at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf in Brewster.
Congratulations to Pinehills in Plymouth for being selected as one of the “Top 50 Public Golf Facilities” in the country by the readers of Golf World magazine. There were 46,000 votes cast by readers who rated the golf course facilities on everything from the quality and condition of the course to the overall value and amenities offered—clubhouse and practice facilities, programs, pro shop, service and dining.
Exeter Country Club, one of Rhode Island’s most scenic courses has just hired a new PGA professional, Sammy Samson. He will be offering both golf lessons and several clinics.
Blissful Meadows Golf Course, a charming 6,700-yard, 18-hole public course in Uxbridge, MA, has just unveiled their new Frequent Player Package. Players can enjoy some of the benefits of being a full-fledged member without the commitment by purchasing either 10 prepaid anytime rounds for $500 (which nets you one free round and the privilege of playing in member events) or 20 rounds for $1,000 (which offers two free rounds, MGA handicap and the privilege of playing in member events). Bonus: If at any time a player would like to upgrade to a full membership, they will be charged only the difference between the Frequent Player Package and the membership. Also new this year, the club’s pro shop has received a facelift: new flooring, paint and added wall space to display even more golfing paraphernalia than before. Stop in and check it out.
For those who would like to spend less green to play the greens, Ballymeade, located in Falmouth, MA, is now offering a Twilight Golf Membership. The membership program, new this year, includes unlimited golf after 1 p.m., free golf cart rentals, 7-day advanced tee times, unlimited range balls and no initiation fee…all for $1,600 or $3,000 for a family membership.
The Grille Room at Ballymeade has a brand-new addition as well. Chef Mark Connolly, an American Culinary Federation gold medal winner, mixes Asian influences with European cooking techniques to create such mouth-watering treats as steamed littlenecks with scallions, ginger and Udon noodles.
The Back Nine Café at Cranberry Valley Golf Course in Brewster, MA, is now under new management. Combined, Antonella S. DeLorenze and Nick P. Muce have more than 40 years experience in the food service industry. The restaurant will be a year-round, full-service facility, offering breakfast, lunch and small plate/tapas dinner menu, Sunday Brunch (starting this fall), golf tournament service; specialty wine, cigar and themed dinners, cooking and ice carving exhibitions; and catering social, corporate and wedding events.