St. Stephen – “We should have a great season. It’s lining up to be a good year.”
Those are the words of Andrew George, Clubhouse and Events Manager of the St. Stephen Golf Club.
Excitement surrounds the club, with a brand-spanking new clubhouse replacing a structure more than 100 years old.
George said finishing touches to the clubhouse are nearing completion – a deck will be installed in the very near future.
The new clubhouse is an essentially wide open room, with a seating area and fully stocked pro shop.
“It’s definitely a step in the right direction.”
An open house, slated for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday will officially kick off the new season, though early bird golfers have already taken advantage of the course that George said “wintered extremely well – the best the greens have been this time of year in a long time.”
Finger foods, sweets, hourly giveaways and info for the club’s clinics and leagues are all things that will be present at the open house. The driving range will also be available to use, with free balls and clubs.
“We want to remind people we’re here, show what we have to offer with the new clubhouse and merchandise.”
An opening tournament will also take place the same day – a four-person Stableford – with a 9.m. shotgun start. Cost to participate is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Those who wish to register a team can call the club at 466-5336.
George said along with the new clubhouse, the club has some exciting new changes – children 15 and under of members play for free. Also new this year, George said tee times have been implemented.
St. Stephen will also be the site of the NBGA Past Presidents Cup Inter-Cup Challenge – a two day event to take place Sept. 15 and 16.
Returning this season is the free ladies and juniors’ clinic;the ladies clinic will take place on Wednesdays, starting May 30, while the juniors’ clinic (for any school age children) will take place on Mondays, beginning July 9. The club is still taking registrations for both.
The goal of the juniors’ clinic – to have fun and learn the game of golf.
“We try to keep it fun, but we go over etiquette, safety; simple things. Grip, putting – we want them to have fun.”
George said participants are welcome to bring their own clubs, but said clubs will be available to use. Water, sunscreen, and a hat, however, are necessities.
The St. Stephen Golf Club can be found on Facebook at St. Stephen and St. George Golf Club.
St. Stephen Golf Club events
Elders Cup – June 2
26th Annual St. Stephen Two-Man Scramble (Exit Realty tournament) – June 16
1st Annual SNAFU two-person – July 7
Ladies tournament – July 14
Night golf – July 21
St. Stephen Aces tournament – July 28
Annual Kiwanis two-person scramble – Aug. 4
Rod Wilson Memorial Golf Tournament – Aug. 6
VanTassel Cup – Aug. 18
Club championship – Aug. 25
Mixed club championship – Sept. 9
NBGA Past Presidents Cup Inter-Cup Challenge – Sept. 15 and 16
Ironman tournament – Sept. 22
Lincourt Manor tournament – Sept. 29