FIFTH STOP (AND SIXTH) – SOUTH FALLSBURG, NEW YORK
For our fifth (and sixth) stop, we’ll be looking at South Fallsburg’s two municipal courses, Tarry Brae Golf Course and Lochmor Golf Course. Both courses went under a massive face lift when they received a one million dollar investment for a state-of-the-art irrigation system. As a perfect complement to an upgraded facility, Tarry Brae and Lochmor also upgraded their online booking module by switching to Chronogolf PRO in 2015.
The two courses complement each other perfectly – Tarry Brae is longer, tighter and tougher than Lochmor, catering to the better players. Lochmor is well-suited for the recreational, higher handicapper, though it can sneak up and bite. Both are well-run courses with scenic views of the surrounding countryside and lakes.
Tarry Brae Golf Course
Perhaps Golf Digest’s Places to Play described Lochmor best: “a good municipal course – up one side of the mountain, down the other.” Yes, Lochmor plays over hilly terrain which provides great views of neighbouring Morningside Lake. In fact, holes, No. 14 and No. 15 play along the lake, with the 15th green surrounded on three sides by water. Standing on the 17th tee and looking down at the 16th green and the lake beyond is one of the area’s most scenic spots.
Though some holes on the back nine go back and forth and the course doesn’t occupy a lot of acreage, Lochmor doesn’t’t seem to get boring – especially for the mid-to-high handicap player. It’s not overly long or confining, but the fairways do pinch in some spots. The greens are not as sloped as Tarry Brae, but much smaller.
Perhaps the best player ever to come out of Sullivan County grew up playing Lochmor and Tarry Brae. Bobby Heins, the former New York State Open and Met Open champion, worked at both courses in the late 1960s before going on to play the PGA Tour for a couple of years.
Lochmor Golf Course
Also the new two-line irrigation system means there are lines on both sides of the fairways which will stretch to the roughs. So the browned-out areas off the fairways that afflicted many courses this summer will not happen at Tarry Brae and Lochmor in the future. “This will make a huge difference in the conditioning of both courses as well as our staffing efficiency,” said Glenn Sonnenschein, Director of Golf of both Tarry Brae and Lochmor. “The old system at Tarry Brae was 30 years old and in bad shape. Around the greens we could only water a lot on certain nights [instead of a little every night] and we had guys here until midnight watering. “At Lochmor, we didn’t’t have any fairway watering and were still dragging hoses on the greens. In bad drought years, the course was burnt to a crisp and we were losing money because people didn’t’t want to play.”.
Spotlight Destination Course: Conklin Players Club
The Conklin Players Club (CPC) golf course opened in 1991 and is known as one of New York’s finest golf courses. It offers beautifully maintained bent grass greens, tees, fairways and practice range as well as offering TheVisage color graphic caddy (GPS) system on all golf carts. CPC is a par 72 golf course with 6772 yard championship tees, providing a tough challenge even for the most experienced golfer. A fully automated irrigation system ensures a beautiful green layout throughout the season.
NEXT STOP – MOUNT HOLLY, NJ
ABOUT ROAD TO ORLANDO
2016 has been a huge year for Chronogolf, thus far. We raised our second round of financing, signed a ton of new courses all over the world, and grew our sales and engineering with rockstar talent. We want to finish the year off strong, and kickstart 2017 in Orlando, FL with a bang.
Over the next 9 weeks, we’ll be travelling down the east coast of the US – kicking things off from our Montreal headquarters with a goal of reaching Orlando by January 25th 2017 – just in time for the PGA Merchandise Show. It will be our first time exhibiting at the show, so we really want to make an experience out of it. Catch us at booth #3005 in the Technology Pavilion.
9 WEEK ITINERARY
START – Montreal, QC
North Anson, ME Brandon, VT Plattsburgh, NY Pittsford, VT South Fallsburg, NY
- Mount Holly, NJ
- Terra Alta, WV
- Roanoke, VA
- Salisbury, NC
END – Orlando, FL