New ownership group making improvements to Penobscot Valley Country Club

penobscot valley ccThe new owners of the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono continue to make improvements to the course as the 2018 golf season gets underway. The course has been open for two weeks and the full 18 holes are in play with riding carts available.

Kevin McCarthy is the new majority owner after purchasing it from Harris Golf Inc. His management company, Resurrection Golf, is operating PVCC and handling the upgrades.

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Speed Up Your Own Pace of Play Without Hurrying

The Eager Golfer Grows Impatient

Each year, as Spring makes its way into New England in much the same manner a maiden climbs a greased Maypole, the eager golfer grows impatient. “When will this snow melt? Golf is hard enough without looking for the errant drive of a white ball in white snow!”

Then, it arrives, in slower-than-slow-motion. The river ice breaks, the birds return, the snow gets real dirty and ugly before finally disappearing for good, and the golf courses begin opening, from South to North, in the same pattern that the lakes ice-out and the croci bloom.

Just as slowly as this annual drama unfolds, the group in front of you seems to stand at address over their drives for the entire Spring. They search interminably for their shanks and slices in the recently revealed forest floor, contemplate their four-foot putts for 40 seconds too long, and hunt endlessly for the plugged drives that, by some Easter miracle, found the fairway. Continue reading “Speed Up Your Own Pace of Play Without Hurrying”

The Golf of Maine News for February 8, 2018

Aerial view of beautiful new clubhouse at BBHCC, recently recognized by Golf Inc Magazine as one of the best designed, new clubhouses in the world

President George Herbert Walker Bush to receive ASGCA Donald Ross Award — This award, given annually since 1976, is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the game of golf and the profession of golf course architecture. It will be presented to Bush in April as part of the 2018 ASGCA Annual Meeting in Houston.

Sale of Ocean Gate Resort signals confidence in Boothbay economy — Our hunch is that Paul Coulombe’s huge investment in the Boothbay Harbor Country Club provided the confidence required for Thad Paul to make the purchase.

Sunday River golf course appeals tax case to state — Newry Holdings purchased the Sunday River Country Club golf course last year, although original owner Harris Golf has contested the sale.

Golf Lessons — Seacoast United Maine is proud to now offer golf lessons throughout the year inside the Topsham Indoor Arena.

Injury forces Husson’s Mazurek to hang up baseball cleats, dust off his golf clubs — Unlike many, Mazurek had options, and quickly turned a negative into a positive, trading in his cleats and dusting off his golf bag in an attempt to resurrect his college athletic career.

Assistant Superintendent, Augusta Country Club  An 18 hole private facility with 2 Har-Tru tennis courts and a beach facility located in Manchester, Maine. This is a possible year round position for the right candidate. There is a seasonal apartment/housing available if needed from April-November. Apply at link.

Head Golf Coach (Fall Season) Southern Maine Community College — SMCC Athletics is looking for a head golf coach.  This is a part time stipend position. Apply at link.

Youth camp proposed for Livermore golf course — Sadly, we’ve removed the 9-hole Maple Lane Golf Course from our Course Directory.

The Golf Industry Show — The biggest trade show for those who make the course playable is this week. Get regular updates via posts from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Facebook page by clicking link.

Profile Ken Raynor, Former Cape Arundel Golf Pro  — Ken recently co-authored a book titled, “I Call Him ‘Mr. President’ – Stories of Golf, Fishing, and Life with My Friend George H.W. Bush.”  He teamed up with morning radio show host Michael Patrick Shiels and published the book in 2017. He said he felt like writing the book was second nature to him because of the nearly 40 years the families have known each other.

Players to mic-up during Perth’s World Super 6 — A better headline might be, Golf Attempts to Get Louder than Crickets.

The eight absolute worst things about playing golf solo — From date-crashing to having no witnesses, golf provides many reasons to avoid heading to the course by one’s self.

Man sues after claiming angry neighbor whacked him with a golf club — The perils of inner city golf…

The 10 best golf scenes in non-golf films — As we’re all still hibernating for a few more weeks, at least, we offer this diversion…

Meanwhile, we pretend the golf ball is Punxsutawney Phil’s head…

The Golf of Maine News for June 2, 2017

The Golf of Maine News for May 30, 2017

Weekend golf results — As reported to the BDN.

Johnston among U.S. Open qualifiers in England — Another side of Beef at this year’s US Open

Why Humic Acids are Becoming a Multipurpose Tool — Back in 2013, Superintendent magazine dug into the scientific side of humic acids, explaining their complex formulations and how companies are promoting their use. This time, we asked superintendents who are using them for a real-world report on how humics are working for them.

When the Creek Rises — The story of last year’s tragic flooding of southern West Virginia and The Greenbrier and its inspirational recovery told by those who endured it.

One round of golf per week may be key to good health, study says — If this is true, then two, or even three rounds of golf per week must be even better!

The Memorial Winners and History — The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide is a restricted field event, with only the first 75 players on the previous year’s money list guaranteed invites. Nicklaus apparently has a hand in selecting the remaining players.

Tiger Woods Attributes Medication Reaction For DUI Charge In Florida — “All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurry,” Woods wrote last week. “But, I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.” But first, a few medication cocktails.

RELATED: SportsCenter feels the need to photoshop Tiger’s mug shot.

When Bret Baier Provides Proof That the Dalai Lama is Not of This World (otherwise, he most certainly would have seen Caddyshack)

The Golf of Maine News for May 27, 2017

Two veterans watch President Bush tee off during the Warrior Open in Irving, Texas, 2011. [PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS]

Golf tournament keeps alumni coming back — A group of Scarborough High School alumni will convene at Willowdale Golf Club in Scarborough next month for much more than a round of golf. Over the past three years, the event has raised $65,000.

Heroes on the Golf Course — Nick credits his family and golf for his recovery. While he brags that he “played great” this year, the highlight was having his daughter meet the former president, who he says “inspires me every day to get better in life.”

Columnist calls Fred Funk’s remark sexist, elicits reaction from Funk’s son — The columnist’s agenda drove the narrative. At The Golf of Maine, we will resist any efforts by SJW’s to infiltrate the world of golf.

Clearing Up Some Myths About Preferred Lies — “Preferred lies”, “Lift, clean and place”, “Playing the ball up”. Whatever you call it, your scores can be posted.

So, You Want To Have A Backyard Putting Green? — Yes we do!

Golf’s Global Reach: Just How Many Of The World’s 245 Countries Have Courses? — There are a total of 33,161 global facilities and 567,111 golf holes. Western Sahara is waiting for an architect to design an all-bunker course.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail celebrates 25 years — We launched this site with the goal of seeing Maine become a golfer’s destination vacation. “The Trail hosts more than 1,100 events each year. Almost 12 million rounds of golf have been played on the courses. More than half a million golfers play on the trail each year. It hosts visitors from all 50 states and an average of 20 foreign countries.”

What to wear on the golf course — Please just stop wearing blue jeans on the course unless you’re replacing the irrigation system, okay?

The Real Cost of Hosting a USGA Event —  Hosting a USGA National Championship can bring a club notoriety and prestige—along with a major financial headache

Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Work-out Aid…

The Golf of Maine News for May 26, 2017

Summer is a Rumor at this Point [image courtesy of oldgolfimages.com]
A Few Upcoming Golf Events in Maine — Next weekend’s Mid Coast Amateur Championship at Bath Golf Club is sold out, but Bob Marley tickets for Saturday, June 3rd are still available; 20th annual Fort Fairfield Athletic Boosters Club Memorial Day Golf Scramble will be held Saturday, May 27, ​at Aroostook Valley Country Club; 24th annual David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament with a noon shotgun start on June 6, at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor; 15th annual Golf Fore a Cause tournament will be held Monday, June 12, at Waterville Country Club; 28th annual Bethel Area Chamber Golf Classic, June 19, Bethel Inn Resort; Brewer Parks & Recreation Department, in cooperation with Pine Hill Golf Club, is offering golf lessons for women, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning June 8; Aroostook “House of Comfort” will host its fifth annual charity Golf Classic on Saturday, June 17, at Presque Isle Country Club; Pine Tree Hospice shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, Foxcroft Golf Club.

Gavin Dugas enjoys strong debut season for Husson — The Maine Central Institute graduate and Husson sophomore placed 16th in a field of 215 golfers at the NCAA Division III Championship last week in Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida. Dugas plays for his father, Mike Dugas, the pro at JW Parks Golf Course in Pittsfield and Husson’s golf coach.

95% of parents think golf is good for kids — Good for the kids = good for the family = good for the game = good for society.

Arizona State wins 8th NCAA women’s golf title — It came down to Strom, who was all square in her match. Strom rolled in a 7-foot par putt on the 18th to extend the match, and she won in 19 holes, with Madeline Chou of Stanford three-putted from 40 feet away on the fringe.

RELATED: Lighten up: Too tough is bad for NCAA women’s optics — “But we’re not at the LPGA level. We’re not the U.S. Open. We’re at a college golf event, and we have to create a situation where it tests the world-class players but we also don’t lose the general population of women’s college golf.”

Golf wants to depoliticize Donald Trump’s U.S. Open. Is it feasible? — With half the nation clearly unable to accept reality, being lead by a hostile media force, is it possible to just have a golf tournament anymore?

RELATED: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA With your Senior Tour Card comes wisdom and maturity. “I believe in almost every policy he believes in,” Funk said. “That he’s, I mean, less regulation, smaller government, protect our border, bigger military, less taxes. I don’t have a problem with anything.”

Off for a Round of Golf? Didn’t Think So — The number of U.S. golfers has fallen about 30 percent since 2002, call it Peak Tiger Effect, but has stabilized recently.

If a snake offers you a golf ball, would you take it?