Northport – On Friday, October 5, the Town of Huntington-owned Crab Meadow Golf Course is re-opening the three re-established greens at holes 1, 11, and 17 damaged by vandalism in late July.
The Town offered a 10% discount on regular greens fees while repairs were underway. The Town placed temporary greens at holes 1, 11 and 17 for all of August and September as repairs were completed and the greens were re-established.
The vandalism occurred between the hours of 9:00 PM Monday, July 30 and 2:00 AM Tuesday July, 31. Four greens were damaged: one of the greens sustained insignificant damage, which the Town repaired in-house. Three temporary greens were established for holes 1, 11 and 17, where significant damage occurred.
Gates at the golf course remain locked at night and the Town's Public Safety Department patrols the property regularly but the greens that were affected were closest to the Makamah Nature Preserve and utility right-of-way, which is where it is suspected the vandals entered the property.
The temporary promotion of 10% regular greens fees has ended but golfers can take advantage of the demand-based pricing promotion the Town established earlier this year.
The Town established a pilot promotion late this spring, which offers discounted rates during off-peak hours, reducing rates to tee off for non-residents and residents without a Golf Card. Prior to launching the promotion, non-residents paid $46 for tee times between 11am and 3pm Tuesday through Thursday; the new pricing model reduces that rate to $29 and $21 for seniors and disabled persons, which are the rates residents pay with the Town of Huntington Golf Card. Residents who do not purchase the Golf Card can also take advantage of the new weekday rates.
“The off-peak pricing promotion has helped drive revenue for the Town, specifically from non-residents coming to Northport to play on Crab Meadow’s beautiful golf course, which in turn enables the Town to continue to provide services to our residents without increasing the tax burden,” said Town Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci.
The 18-hole Crab Meadow Golf Course features 6,598 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.3 and it has a slope rating of 131 on Blue grass. Designed by William F. Mitchell, ASGCA, the Crab Meadow golf course opened in 1965.
For further inquiries on the golf course, contact Steve Dietz, Crab Meadow Golf Course Manager, at (631) 757-8800 or visit http://www.crabmeadow.com.
In the photo: A view of Long Island Sound from Crab Meadow Golf Course.