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Town of N. Elba gets ready for golf season

March 16, 2012
CHRIS MORRIS, For the News

LAKE PLACID - To a serious golfer, it's never too early to start thinking golf.

Recently, the town of North Elba began making preparations for the 2012 season at Craig Wood Golf Course. Town council members extended the contract for the club's pro, discussed two bids on food service at the clubhouse and approved a new website.

Jim Wasson has been the pro at Craig Wood for a number of years. At last week's board meeting, the board agreed to extend his contract by another year.

"It was a great process to go through in talking to Jim about all of the different aspects and how Craig Wood is run," said town Councilman Derek Doty. "There a lot of differences from golf course to golf course; some of these big tournaments we run are very successful."

Councilman Bob Miller said that with Wasson's help, the town has generated a "renewed interest" in the golf course.

One way to build more interest in the course is to establish a more current website, according to town Supervisor Roby Politi. Last week, the board approved Politi's proposal to enter into an agreement with Course Trends, an online golf marketing company that produces websites for golf courses.

Politi said he had Darcy Norfolk, who developed the town's website, review the proposal. Politi said Norfolk thought it was a great deal.

The agreement with Course Trends runs for three years. The website is compatible with smart phones, Politi said, which allows golfers to set tee times without calling or accessing a computer.

The town's expenditure for the new website in minimal. Under the contract, which was approved pending review by the attorney for the town, Ron Briggs, the town would provide Course Trends with five tee times per week. The company would then sell those tee times on its own.

Briggs said a three-year contract is prudent.

"At the end of the day, if you're completely dissatisfied, you have cause" to terminate the deal, Briggs said.

Meanwhile, Doty and Councilman Jay Rand recently met with town Park District Manager Butch Martin about food service proposals at the clubhouse. Rand said the town received two "requests for qualifications" from the Cascade Inn and Desperados.

Rand said both proposals were "excellent" and there wasn't a "ton of difference" between the menus and prices. Town officials plan to meet with both parties this week to conduct final interviews.

 
 

 

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