Pondering the Future

The year 2018 has come inlike a lion to the Northeast this year, and once agin I attempt to bring warm swing thoughts as you read this letter by your wood stove. Hopefully, this letter doesn’t become fuel for your home too soon. Every year I search for some pearls of wisdom to impart to the membership, but I think the cold snap froze my creative juices. Nonetheless, I would like to give you some positive news about the upcoming year at Shephard Hills. There are a few topics of interest that will be addressed, and we are always trying to make your golfing experience better.

First off, we have had three straight years of increased membership. Hey, that’s more people for the afternoon scramble!

Second, I would like to address the topic of food and beverage. Last year, James Chapman took over the F&B operation. He brought in a menu which many golfers considered a little too exotic and pricey for their tastes. I will be working with James to establish a menu more in line with the hungry golfer. Burgers, fries, and sandwiches have always ruled the golf course. Please support the restaurant.

Third, I have purchased some additional equipment for the course. The first piece is a 51 horsepower rough mower with an 11 foot cutting width. This will increase our cutting capacity and decrease the time needed to cut the rough. Improvement in efficiency will enable our grounds crew to take care of other conditioning issues. Also, having two large rough mowers gives us a backup in case of a breakdown. The other purchase was a set of verticutters for our Greens King VI. This will help in removing thatch from our greens and promote better growth. It should also help improve the SPEED of your putts. All the fairway mower and greens mower reels have been sharpened and repaired for the upcoming season. Even if you are having a bad golf day, we’ll insure you at least have a good lie.

Finally, I would like to address the title of this letter. The future of Golf as well as the existence of Shephard Hills is dependent upon the youth of our communities. Our PGA professional, Gordie Faulkner, has long been a proponent of Junior Golf. Shephard Hills stands behind Catskill Mountain Junior Golf, and we will fully participate in supporting the Junior Golf effort. Many great junior golfers have gone through Shephard Hills, and I have been privileged to watch them grow. These KIDS are GOOD! By the way, I found out that our own Isaac Walker shot a 77 to win the Delhi junior tournament last fall. That beat my best.

I hope to see you on the course this spring!

Yours truly,

Frank J. Adamiak

 

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Parent / Jr Golf Tournament: July 29

Parent / Jr Golf Tournament: July 29
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Junior Golf: July 2018

Catskill Mountain Junior Golf — Thursday mornings in July, 2018.
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Mark Cammer Memorial: August 19, 2018

Mark Cammer Memorial Tournament: August 19, 2018
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Tavern 2-Man Tournament: June 2-3, 2018

Tavern 2-Man Tournament: June 2-3, 2018
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Men’s League Starts May 7, 2018

Men’s League starts May 7, 2018.

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Shooting for 100

As golfing goes, we all strive to better our game with a lower score than the last round. It’s a game where we all try to do better, but sometimes you just don’t get the expected results.

Years ago, I hit a beautiful 5-iron going directly at the flagstick on #5. I thought it was surely a close birdie putt.  The ball hit the drainage grate before the hole and bounced over the entire green and landed on the cart path and then into the hazard. Not exactly the results I expected.

But I digress. I still finished the hole — and then laughed about what had happened. I didn’t shoot 100 that day, but it wasn’t my best round either. So what is the obsession with 100?

Shephard Hills will be 100 years old in 2017! For the Town of Roxbury, this is a milestone for one of the many historic sites of the town. We will be planning a birthday party for the course, and we hope everyone will attend. We’ll have to buy the candles early. The day has not been set, but we will make sure that everyone knows about the event.

Moving on to other business, there will be a few changes occurring this season. The food and beverage operation will be leased out for 2017 to Rhinecliff Catering. Serving the golfer during the season will still be a priority, and we are trying to diversify Shephard Hills by offering banquet services. This is a necessary addition to insure the future viability of our golf course.  The transition should be seamless, and we hope you will support us.

 

On the course

Moving on to the course, Jessie Grant has been kept on through the winter to take care of some tree trimming. First, let’s go to #4. The famed “Bell Tree” has finally succumbed to the elements. I think that most of you are grinning right now, but we will be planting a new tree to take its place. Fortunately, it will take many years before it presents a problem with your second shot. Maybe we’ll just leave the Bell.

As you approach the green on #4, you will notice a big difference in the look of the area surrounding the green. The left side has been opened up and we have removed a number of the beech trees on the right. This will make the hole more playable for your chip shots. The landscaping will be done this spring, and some of the original hydrangeas will once again thrive.

Moving on to #7, we had no choice but to remove the tree in the middle of the second bank, as it was becoming a hazard. I have hit the tree numerous times myself. We will plant another tree for the next generation of golfers.  Cardiac Hill has lost an icon.

Next, we move on to #3. A number of trees have been trimmed and you will now have a straight shot to the oak at the corner. I think that this will make many of you straight-shooting golfers very happy.  This is just another effort on our part to make golf enjoyable for all of you.

One last change in the works will be the opening of our new practice green. This one is Jessie’s baby. With regards to all the greens, we will continue to work on improving the quality of our putting greens.  Mike Faulkner will continue to nurture our putting surfaces.

As we move forward into our 100th year, we hope you join us in celebrating this historic year. Gordie Faulkner will be back to welcome you in the pro shop and the entire staff of Shephard Hills looks forward to giving you a great golf experience for 2017.

 

Yours truly,

 

Frank J. Adamiak

Roxbury Golf Management, LLC

 

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