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Meet the new Colonial Acres at open house event

New golf course operator connects with Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Town of Bethlehem is expected to vote on a lease agreement for the Colonial Acres Golf Course on Wednesday, March 27.

The Town of Bethlehem is expected to vote on a lease agreement for the Colonial Acres Golf Course on Wednesday, March 27.

— “A lot of these kids wouldn’t ever have the opportunity to learn the game of golf, so we’re appreciative,” she said.

Ezyk said the partnership is part of his long-range vision for the course to become a unique place for people both young and old to learn the game.

Depending on his finances, Ezyk said eventually he would like to replace the existing clubhouse with something bigger to allow for a small food area.

Recently, a “learning center” has been started at the golf course with a practice putting course, hitting nets and mats for honing ball striking skills. A third set of tees for younger players called “Wee Tees” were also added. The tees are closer to the greens, making it more fun for the 5- and 6-year-olds playing there.

“My goals for the club are to make a fun, welcoming environment for anyone to come and escape the everyday hubbub of life,” said Ezyk. “Enjoy the sound of the birds, the fresh air and beautiful surroundings. I want to introduce new players to the game and help the seasoned player play better.”

The town opted to no longer fund operation of the golf course in the 2013 budget. Officials had previously projected the nine-hole, par-three course to run at an annual loss of $40,000. Scheduled capital improvement projects could have seen the town spending up to $270,000 in the coming years. Under the operating agreement, the town and the Open Space Conservancy will split some of the course’s profits on a sliding scale.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting is set for Friday, May 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Colonial Acres. The Open House weekend is May 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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