Golf Course Management

JUN 2018

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52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.18 accident not long after the opening was a dev- astating loss for Fox Ridge as well as his family. "Our plan was to build three courses — one for Ken to give each of his sons," Michaud says. "I keep telling Lennie that he owes it to the world. On his very first try he gets four-and-a- half stars! I mean, look around (at the course)." With a ranking by Golf Digest as Maine's fifth-best public or private course, Fox Ridge has Maine golfers hoping for a sequel. Lavoie, a Fox Ridge member, gives it this pitch: "e people are friendly. e leagues are unreal. Wednesday night, Monday night, Tuesday night. On ursdays they have the points system. It's a great golf club." Boulet, who played 80 to 90 rounds in 2017, adds, "is course is immaculate and well-maintained. Eddie does a hell of a job." at stern test led to Fox Ridge hosting the Maine Open for three years, its club - house offering perfect spectator seating with a patio overlooking the pond-fronted ninth and 18th greens. e first year of the Open, Myshrall told Michaud, "I'd love to see par win it, Eddie." Sure enough, Ricky Jones won it at even par. e last round he teed off at 3-under-par and shot 3-over that day. "e last year," Michaud recalls, "MSGA (Maine State Golf Association) executive di - rector Nancy Storey asked that we soften the course a little. We did, and 6-under won it." But did the attention foretell Fox Ridge II? e clue to the answer is the caveat: money. "I haven't gotten a paycheck yet," Myshrall says. "e taxes were $5,000 when we bought it and now it's up to $62,000, and we've gotten nothing from the town but one streetlight." "Ken had the money, and it would have worked if he were still with us," Michaud says. "It would have been a lot different, I think. We'd be smiling today. He was a true busi - nessman. He would have paid the bills and made sure we had enough left over to make improvements. … We just don't have the money, and certainly not enough to keep a new course afloat for the first five or six years while it gets known and busy." Myshrall is still building holes and reno - vating golf courses, mostly in Maine. Lessard is out of the golf business, and Michaud is a constant presence as Fox Ridge's superinten - dent/part-owner. e three men are seeing sunnier skies with a new management com - pany on board. e cavalry has arrived at Fox Ridge. H&F Golf Management of Scarborough, Maine, took over management of Fox Ridge two years ago and has undertaken an aggres - sive campaign to "soften" the course. When H&F came onboard, co-owner Dan Horahan brought in his own PGA pro Ed Michaud stands in the landing area above the 10th green, one of the memorable par-4s at Fox Ridge.

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