Golf season starts strong at Longshore
WESTPORT — Eager golfers have been pouring in to tee it up at Longshore Golf Course since it opened on April 10.
Jon Janik, the new golf professional at Longshore, said around 150 golfers took to the course each of the first two days this season.
“The weather couldn’t be better, so we’re rocking and rolling,” Janik said. “So far, everybody’s been pretty positive. Everything looks great. The grass is green, greens are good, tees are good. The maintenance crews have done a great job getting the course ready for the year.”
Around 35,000 rounds of golf were played at Longshore last year, and Chris Davies, an assistant golf pro at the course, said, “We’re hoping to have some more rounds played (this year).”
Greens fees have not changed, according to Davies.
Gavin McMahon, who has played the course twice since it opened, was generally pleased with the conditions, apart from the bunkers.
2017 Longshore Golf Course Green Fees
WEEKDAYS 18 Holes Rate/9 Hole Rate
18 Hole Rate — Monday through Thursday
Adult Resident (age 18-61) Handpass Holder $27/ $24
Senior Citizen Resident Handpass Holder $20/ $16
Junior Resident Handpass Holder $20/ $16
Guest Fee — Adult/Senior Citizen $50/ $37
Guest Fee — Junior $31/ $26
Rate for all rounds after 4 p.m $22/ $22
Non- Handpass holders $25/ $25
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY & HOLIDAYS
Adult Resident (age 18-61) Handpass Holder $29
Senior Citizen Resident Handpass Holder $29
Junior Resident Handpass Holder $22
Guest Fee — Adult/Senior Citizen $56
Guest Fee — Junior $36
Twilight Handpass Holder $22
Non-Handpass Holders $25
2 Riders $30/ $20
1 Rider $22/ $16
Range Balls- $6 per basket (approximately 35-40 balls)
Pull Carts - $6
Longshore Inn guest (overnight) - Issued the Guest Inn pass, guest will pay the applicable guest rate.
“Second day, it was pretty nice. ... Fairways are pretty nice, greens are pretty nice,” McMahon said.
The 94 sand traps — last refurbished over a decade ago — have been littered with rocks for years because they were never equipped with liners at their base to prevent rocks from entering the traps. Over a million dollars will be spent by the town on improving the bunkers, but the work is not expected to be completed until June 2018, according to Parks and Recreation Director Jen Fava.
McMahon said, “They’ve always been like that. That’s traditional at Longshore.”
Daphne Cook, who played her first round of the year, said, “It’s still a little rough. The bunkers are filled with rocks.”
Another patron was concerned about the wait time to pay for a round. Nick Jacowleff said the course looks good, but he was held up waiting to pay for a round. “Technologically they’re a little bit slow. There’s a line of people waiting to pay,” he said.
New Golf Course Superintendent Todd Salamone has been working hard on the course. He and his staff have finished picking up winter debris from the fairway, rough, tees, greens and bunkers. As for the first couple of times out on the course, golfers can expect characteristic early-season conditions that will continue to improve as it heats up.
“It’s going to be very typical early spring conditions. Greens are healthy, but not at their fastest,” he said before the course opened.
“The rough is starting to thicken up, but is behind the rest of the golf course as far as growth. ... When we are really in full swing in the spring, the rough will thicken out,” Salamone said. “The grass is looking healthy and it is growing.”
Salamone plans to aerate the greens and tees to improve soil drainage on April 17.
To set up a tee time, call 203-341-1833 or go to longshoregolfcourse.com/