Golf club reflects on successful season

The golf club’s president says hard-working staff helped ensure a successful season at the Malone Golf Club. Malone Telegram file photo

MALONE — Amid the challenges of a season impacted by the U.S.-Canadian border closure, Malone’s golf course still had a positive summer, according to the course’s president.

Malone Golf Club President Arlie Collins believes the club had a successful season despite the border closure and the ongoing pandemic’s impact on the club.

“Everything considered, with the border being closed, I really think we had a good year,” Collins said.

The weather cooperated for most of the season and the course’s staff worked hard to ensure golfers had a good year at the club’s two courses, according to Collins.

“I can’t say enough about our staff, it was very much a team effort to ensure a positive experience for our golfers,” Collins said.

According to Collins, the feedback he received this year was overwhelmingly positive.

“Nothing but positive feedback,” Collins said, “As was the case last year, I think people were happy to have an opportunity to get outside and participate in an outdoor activity.”

Collins said he appreciated the work of Nicholas Eells, the club’s accountant, Laura Hammill, the club’s restaurant manager, Scott Delair, the director of golf, and Dustin Beauregard, the course superintendent.

“They put in a lot of work this year and we appreciate it,” Collins said.

A mild fall allowed the club to remain open until the end of October, according to Collins, who said the club closed for the season Sunday, Oct. 31.

After both of the club’s courses shut down for the year, Collins said attention shifted to getting the course and its equipment ready for winter.

“We really don’t have an offseason, there’s always work to do,” Collins said.

Collins said the golf club was able to open its doors to the public early in the spring this year, with members able to tee off on April 7, and the general public welcomed a couple of days later on April 9.

Additionally, Collins said he appreciated the support from the club’s members throughout the season.

Collins said he is hopeful the border will remain open when the snow melts and it comes time to reopen the course in the spring.

“It will be nice to see our Canadian friends again, we have club members north of the border and there are also golfers who come across for the day,” Collins said. “Hopefully next year the border will remain open and we will be able to welcome them back.”

The border reopened to non-essential travel on Monday, Nov. 8, after 19 months of COVID-19 restrictions on such travel.

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