ORONO – Two years ago, Penobscot Valley Country Club was unrecognizable from its heyday; riddled with grubs, weeds and disease, previous ownership had allowed around two-thirds of the fairway grass to die before handing it over to new owners.
“The fairways were dry and cracked and there wasn’t even grass it was mud, it was sort of British Open conditions in that you could hit a “skinner” 300 yards but there was no fairways to play,” said longtime member Jeff Boal.
After a year of intensive repairs and maintenance, the course, which was designed by Donald Ross, has been brought back to life thanks to the work put in by the new ownership group, Resurrection Golf.
“It all seems to be taking this year and it’s really starting to explode thanks to the warm weather,” said general manager Dan Allen.
On the fairways alone, Allen says Resurrection has spent around $10,000, but they’re still repairing tee boxes, greens, rough and bunker faces. He says the course is about 75 percent of what he’d like it to be.
As the green grass returns to the fairways, so do the golfers. Allen says club membership is up fifteen to twenty percent year to year.
“I think people are noticing the work we’re putting in to it, the condition and stuff like that, I think as that continues to improve we’ll get more people out,” said Allen.
Both resurrection golf and long time members are finally getting their money’s worth from being involved at PVCC.
“You want to get your money’s worth, you want to get what you paid for, you’re not going to spend $1,800 on a full family membership if you can’t play and the course is run down…I don’t mind paying the membership fees because I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth,” said Boal
Long term growth for the game of golf and the club starts young and they’ve implemented programs to encourage youth to get involved in the game, including youth clinics starting June 25th.