The Ledges Golf Club celebrates 15 years

  • Mount Tom is seen off the side of the 17th tee box at The Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley. The club celebrated its 15th anniversary on Monday. GAZETTE STAFF/MIKE MORAN

  • The Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley celebrated its 15th anniversary on Monday. GAZETTE STAFF/MIKE MORAN

  • The Holyoke Mountain Range is seen off in the distance from below the green on the par-4 11th hole at The Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley. The club celebrated its 15th anniversary on Monday. GAZETTE STAFF/MIKE MORAN

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Published: 8/15/2016 8:56:00 PM

The Ledges Golf Club celebrated a milestone on Monday — 15 years.

The South Hadley municipal course on Mulligan Drive was sold out after 1 p.m. on the anniversary of its opening day.

After 1 p.m. a round of 18 with a cart cost $15. Tee times were booked solid from 1 to 6.

Club General Manager Andy Rogers, who is also the town’s recreation director, has only been in charge since February, but he said business is doing well.

“Getting started was difficult ... but the challenge has been fun,” he said. “We have a good staff. The members and the people who have played there have been awesome.”

Rogers was there on opening day. His late father Bill wanted to be among the first to play the course and the pair enjoyed an early morning tee time.

“It was a big deal when it opened and I knew it was really exciting for him,” Rogers said.

It’s been a bumpy road for the Ledges over the years. The course has seen its share of general managers and professionals come through its doors. Financial problems have also plagued the club.

But Rogers is optimistic that the course is turning the corner.

“I think it’s in a great spot,” he said. “Our golf course has a good reputation and the conditions are good. People are playing it and we’re busy. ... I bring energy and I love the town. With the shift in management and the way were doing things, the first goal is to make the course operate in the positive and not the red and keep building from there. The staff has stressed customer service.”

South Hadley native Mike Fontaine is the course superintendent while International Golf Maintenance out of Florida takes care of the 6,507-yard course.

“We really think our golf course is fun,” said Rogers, whose club hosts high school programs from South Hadley, Granby and Williston Northampton in the fall. “You got short par 4s, long par 4s, short par 3s, long par 3s. A lot of risk reward. A lot of tough holes you need to make a decision on. You can make a lot of birdies or make a lot of doubles.”

James Falco is the golf pro while James Hampton is the assistant.

Lee Bourdon serves as food and beverage coordinator.

The connections to the town extend to the record book. South Hadley natives and former high school teammates Matt Scytkowski (2002) and Adam Rainaud (2016) share the course record along with former Ledges assistant superintendent Frank Kulig (2011) at 9-under par.

Rainaud shot his round during the Connecticut Section PGA Spring PGA Stroke Play tournament in June. Rainaud won the event to qualify for the Travelers Championship, held recently in Cromwell, Connecticut.

It was the second year in a row the Connecticut Section PGA held an event at The Ledges. Rogers said he is exploring bringing more tournaments to the course that offers tremendous views of Mount Tom.

“When it gets to September and October, Mount Tom is beautiful,” Rogers said. “It’s really spectacular and unique.”

Mike Moran can be reached at gazettenet.com.




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