BETHLEHEM Business has been steady at Colonial Acres Golf Course during its first month open under a private operator.
PGA golf professional Dale Ezyk has been running the course since the beginning of April, after the town agreed to a three-year operating contract with the option to renew.
Ezyk said the recent “unspring-like” weather had him concerned, but as the days grew hotter the amount of play has increased.
“I have nothing to compare it to, so I’ll just say I’m not yet ready to jump off of a bridge,” he joked.
In order to introduce himself as the new owner of the golf course to the community, Ezyk has scheduled an open house weekend to begin on Friday, May 17. There will be raffles, golf contests with prizes and free lessons for new players.
“I intend to make CAGC a fun, activity-filled place to be, and I’ll try to convey that,” he said.
For the event, Ezyk will be partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Albany. All of the proceeds from the weekend will be donated to the organization and through a new partnership, children enrolled in the program will now be able to golf for free at the course when accompanied by their “big.”
“There are qualities inherent to the game of golf that will serve anyone well if practiced in their everyday life,” said Ezyk. “Sharing a game of golf with a young person is a means of practicing and promoting these values by example rather than sermonizing about them. I think the ‘bigs’ are always looking for affordable activities to do with their ‘littles,’ and we are very affordable.”
Jessica Mansmith, director of development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Albany, said she was excited by the new relationship formed between the organization and Colonial Acres.