Lyman Orchards to Open Golf Center and New Nine Holes
Lyman Orchards Golf Club kicks off its brand new Golf Center and Apple Nine Course in proper fashion during June with a grand opening event that will coincide with the Orchards’ annual Strawberry Festival.
The public is invited to the big bash June 16, which will begin with a ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m. followed by trick-shot artist Peter Johncke from 11 a.m. to noon, and free golf clinics from noon to 3 p.m. There will be live music, food and beverages available to 4:30 p.m. Prize winners will be drawn throughout the day and complimentary shuttles will be provided between The Golf Center and Strawberry Festival.
The brainchild of the Lyman family (which owns two 18-hole daily fee courses at the site), managed by Billy Casper Golf, and designed by Mark Mungeam of Mungeam Cornish Golf Design, The Golf Center at Lyman Orchards features the Apple Nine, a nine-hole, 1,600-yard, par-29 course and the only new layout to open in Connecticut to date in 2012. Holes range from 85 to 314 yards with bentgrass greens built to USGA specifications. Built for practice and PGA instruction, The Golf Center at Lyman Orchards showcases a 40-stall driving range (grass and artificial turf) with target greens and sand traps, a short-game practice area, and 2,000-square-foot clubhouse.
“We’re ecstatic to open The Golf Center,” said Steve Ciskowski, president and CEO of Lyman Orchards. “It goes hand-in-hand with our two courses and reinforces the Lyman family’s commitment to promote the game of golf and attract new players.”
Based in Uxbridge, Ma, Mungeam Cornish Golf Design has more than 75 years of experience in the design and renovation of golf courses. The firm creates unique courses that balance the principals of visual appeal, golfer interest, and ease of maintenance.
Mark Mungeam has designed such heralded courses as Shaker Hills, Cyprian Keyes and LeBaron Hills in Massachusetts, as well as The Golf Club at Oxford Greens in Connecticut, and Hudson Hills in Westchester County, New York. His restoration work includes Olympia Fields in preparation for the 1997 U.S. Senior Open and 2003 U.S. Open, as well as Briarwood Country Club in Chicago and Woodway Country Club in Connecticut.
Kevin Cloud will serve as Director of Instruction for The Golf Center at Lyman Orchards and will incorporate state-of-the-art technology in private, semi-private and group lessons, using such tools as a Foresight GC2 Launch Monitor that measures ball velocity, vertical launch angle, back spin, side spin, total spin and carry distance; V1 Golf Video Swing Analysis Software that captures and analyzes students’ swings and develop plans for improvement; and Tomi Putting Analysis that measures path, face angle and stroke tempo.
Lyman Ochards’ par-72, 7,011-yard Robert Trent Jones, Sr. course opened in 1969 and underwent a major renovation in 2009. It features rolling hills on the front nine and varying doglegs on the back. Meandering through acres of woodlands, wetlands and grasslands, “The Jones Course” offers four sets of tees and its more than 50 bunkers provide challenges to golfers of all abilities. On the back nine, water comes into play on seven holes, and undulating greens rankle nerves of novices and scratch players alike.
In 1994, PGA Hall of Fame golfer and course designer Gary Player opened Lyman Orchards’ second course, a par-71, 6,725-yard layout. “The Player Course” is sprinkled with deciduous trees and white pines. The routing takes players through apple orchards and features elevation changes throughout. On holes 11 and 13 especially, golfers are treated to 360-degree views of southern Connecticut’s picturesque landscape.
For more information about Lyman Orchards Golf Club, or to book a tee time, visit www.lymangolf.com, or call 860.349.6031.