Par for the Training course: Maine courses wrapping up a powerful summer months

COVID-19 has been a boon to the golf class small business in 2021, and no one has seen this more obviously that Dave Pollard, the supervisor and spouse at Spring Meadows.

“It has been an extraordinary year,” Pollard claimed. “I call it ‘the COVID outcome.’”

Invoice Kennedy, Golf Columnist

“This has been a single of the ideal yrs at any time,” included Pollard, referring to the 22 many years he and his 3 brothers have owned Spring Meadows. ” COVID surely has designed extra desire in golf.”

All of this has worked very well for Spring Meadows and lots of other programs, even even though July’s temperature decreased the quantity of golfing rounds that month. Pollard’s views on his golfing study course most likely represent the thinking of entrepreneurs and professionals of classes during Maine.

“COVID has altered the landscape of the golfing industry,” he explained, providing credit history to the Spring Meadows employees for the 2021 success at the training course.

A signal in the entrance of the Spring Meadows parking large amount says: “Spring Meadows 2021 New England Course of the Year.”

The New England Golfing Program Owners Association specified Spring Meadows for that award previous November. That association has 200 class members, 18 from Maine, which suggests it that Spring Meadows had a whole lot of levels of competition. It is the to start with time in 19 a long time that a Maine class has received the award.

“We ended up and are very humbled by that honor,” Pollard reported.

He also notes that summer months is drawing to a near and that his class will wrestle to present the expert services that have assisted Spring Meadows have these types of a effective time. And, this time, he is not speaking about the outcomes of COVID-19.

“Busy is superior,” he stated, “but there is the challenge of staffing.”

Educational facilities and faculties are about to open up, which implies students will be unavailable to perform. Then, in September and October, workforce who perform retirement work opportunities at Spring Meadows, may well be heading south for the wintertime.

No 1 at any time reported the golfing company is a cakewalk, specially in Maine.


Amid the 94 gamers who concluded the Maine Senior Amateur Championship Aug. 24-25 at Natanis Tomahawk, two place players produced it to the top rated 20.

Mark Wilcox of Turner Highlands (74-80—154) tied for ninth location and Thomas Bean of Norway (76-79—155) was tied for 13th.


Tony Finau’s Northern Believe in championship Aug. 23 reminded this author about an unconventional feat executed by his caddie, Mark Urbanek.

At the TPC Sawgrass in 2017, whilst on the bag of James Hahn, in the course of a practice spherical on the par-3 17th gap, Urbanek took a golfing ball and threw it from the tee box to the island green on the fly.

Does that give Urbanek the difference of getting the strongest throwing arm among PGA Tour caddies? Almost certainly.


The Maine Condition Golfing Association has men’s engage in days scheduled Sept. 3-4 at Norway. The women’s enjoy working day is Aug. 31 at Rocky Knoll. The women also are conducting an unique Stableford Aug. 31 at Sugarloaf.

Monthly bill Kennedy, a retired New Jersey golf writer and editor now residing on Thompson Lake in Otisfield, is in his ninth period as Sun Journal golfing columnist. 

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