Lords Valley Country Club

By Tod Shapiro and News-Link Editorial Staff

The 2014 Golf Season for the Lords Valley Country Club (“LVCC”) is set to start, and for members and their families, friends, and guests that means another year of exceptional golfing experiences, including unmatched competitive, as well as casual and fun social, play in one of Northern Pennsylvania’s most scenic, challenging, and exciting natural environments!

LVCC, first and foremost, is an ideal venue for serious golfing aficionados and is appreciated for that reason by its 270-strong membership, encompassing a close-knit golfing community on weekends and weekdays as often as its members can make it to the links from their homes spread across Northeastern PA, New York City, Westchester, Connecticut, and Long Island, among other places. In addition, LVCC reports that the 2014 year will include an emphasis on golfing for families, friends, and guests- all will want to check the LVCC website at www.lordsvalleycountryclub.org for a current list and updated news concerning the many tournaments and special events (some open to the public) that take place throughout the season.LVCCLogo

Notable golfing events at LVCC always start with the popular annual George Nye Golf extravaganza, named in honor of LVCC’s founding father who helped start LVCC’s rich golfing tradition. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary on July 12th of this year, the event is always a popular date on the PA golfing calendar. The George Nye is always a special event for expert and casual observers, both to play in or simply to observe the proceedings and fun. In addition, as in past seasons, the popular Parent-Child tournament on Father’s Day brings together generations of LVCC golfers in a fun-and-family-friendly manner. A plethora of fun clinics for children and adults, as well as scramble-style casual social tournaments, is always in ample supply during the summer season.

For those just learning of LVCC for the first time, here is the scoop:

The golf course is LVCC’s “crown jewel” and represents a truly exceptional golfing experience with its challenging design and its breathtaking natural setting. Members can get on the course easily and often, without waiting. Nestled in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Northeastern Pennsylvania Mountain region, not far from the Delaware Water Gap and a mere 90 miles from the greater New York metropolitan area and the major suburbs of New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester, and Connecticut, LVCC is readily accessible by Interstates 84 and 80.

Lords Valley Country Club is a not-for-profit, member owned, fully-equipped and serviced country club offering full amenities to its members and their guests.  These amenities include ten Har-tru tennis courts, a 40’ x 120’ heated swimming pool, boat docks with sailboats, canoes, and kayaks, which are available to members, three separate dining facilities and party rooms ranging from casual to gourmet, and the crown jewel – a magnificent Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary golf course.

The club is located within the grounds of the private, gated Hemlock Farms year-round community, but it is independent of the community, and members are not required to live within Hemlock Farms.  In addition to the golf course, there is a free driving range, a putting green, and a practice green specifically designated for chipping and pitching. The pride and joy of the club is the scenic Blue tee (professional rating) par 72 course.  It is 6,344 yards long with a course rating of 70.8 and a slope rating of 127.

The course offers many challenges, but it is easily playable for golfers of all levels.  The signature seventh hole is the 516 yard par 5, with a 6,500 square foot left to right sloping green with a breathtaking view from the hilltop Blue and White tees.  The most enticing feature of the golf course is that it is perpetually interesting with the vistas changing with the seasons.  With its unparalleled maintenance, its challenging layout, the beauty of its course with varying hills, specimen trees, and waterfront holes and fairways, it is always a great place to play, whether it’s your first time or your 1000th.

Although LVCC is a private, members only club, its availability to non-members can be obtained under limited circumstances and times by having a PGA member phone the pro-shop on the non-member’s behalf.  The club also enjoys reciprocity with several other regional area golf clubs.

New for 2014: LVCC is now a member of the popular Boxgroove Golfing Portal (www.boxgroove.com) – as part of the popular Golfing Social Network, participating Private Club Members and others in the Boxgroove Network can apply for reciprocal play through the service – search for Lords Valley Country Club’s Boxgroove Profile page for information and details and possible Tee Times.

The long-time Staff is back in harness for another season of top golfing instruction and support. In addition to Eugene Yanovitch, Director of Golf, who has been in that position for the past forty-six years, there is another Class A PGA teaching professional, as well as two apprentices, all offering private lessons.  The teaching programs are extensive and diversified, including enhanced individual video swing analysis and approximately forty free clinics for all members and their children.  There are also member children’s clinics every Wednesday during the summer.

The fully stocked golf pro shop was the game house of the former estate owner and has maintained its unique and historic character.  The club’s policy is to offer golf merchandise to the members at ten percent above cost.  The shop represents the Callaway Golf Company and offers a full range of its products in our Calloway fitting cart.  It also has one of the largest selections of Demo equipment in the Pocono Mountains.

For information call the Lords Valley Country Club office at 570-775-7335 or the Pro Shop at 570-775-6013 or check out the website at www.lordsvalleycountryclub.org and look for LVCC on Facebook!

LVCC is a private, not-for-profit club, and all memberships are subject to approval by the LVCC Membership Committee and Board. 

 

 

 

Red Maples Golf CourseRed-Maples-4

By Allison Mowatt

A beautiful golf course amid serene farmland in South Canaan gives golfers a place to play the game with ease and relaxation.

Red Maples Golf Course is a nine hole regulation length public course located at 2322 Easton Turnpike near Waymart. Robert Pozza created and constructed the course in 1965. A year later, it officially welcomed the public to play on its greens. And yes, Red Maples will open again this year, run by the next generation of Pozzas.

Red Maples is a smaller course designed for people of all skill levels. Situated on thirty-five acres of rolling greens, it is an ideal course for walking, has no sand traps, and is a preferred course for people either learning the game for the first time or who just want to play a leisurely game. In addition, it’s also a fun course, offering enough of a challenge for serious golfers who prefer the competiveness of the sport. From the back tees, it features 2,400 yards of golf for a par of thirty-three.

Over the years, Red Maples has held on to its charm and kept its unique characteristics. It’s known among people who play the sport as one of the best kept golf courses around. The moderate course is surrounded by vibrant flowers, many red maples trees for which the course is named, and an eight acre pond.

When it first opened, it was one of the only golf courses around and got a lot of business. Before long, other courses started cropping up in the area and the competition grew, but Red Maples always held on to what made it special. The prices are reasonable and comparable with other nine hole courses. Interestingly enough, when the course opened forty-eight years ago, it only cost fifty cents to play nine holes, and now it costs ten dollars. “The price only went up twenty cents every year.

Red Maples is open seven days a week. It features a clubhouse with light snacks and club and cart rentals. The clubhouse is available for parties and other special occasions.

For more information, call (570) 937-4543.

Red Maples is located within the Greater Honesdale Area of Wayne County.

 

This article first appeared in one of our favorite Pocono Mountains Lifestyle, Recreation and Entertainment publications, Connections Magazine, Publication in Chant County News is by express written permission. All photos and editorial are protected under the copyright law and is the property of Connections Magazine and www.connections-magazine.com