President’s Blog January 2020
Where do we go from here? We have made it to the year 2020 and it is the perfect time to look back at the last decade and reminisce. Our course has gone through many changes over the last decade. There has been new bridges, new rebuilt greens, new tees, new cart paths, new cobblestone walkways, new granite steps, clubhouse renovations, a new comfort station and most recently a 34’ x 150’ cart shed. There has been many trees planted and several trees removed. Everything that changed, hopefully improved our facility and the golfing experience at LKCC. That was the goal.
For the last 8 years we have been named “The Number 1 Golfing Value in New England” by The New England Golf Guide. This wonderful distinction tells us that compared to all the courses that have the same quality rating as us, we are the least expensive. Our rating was a 3 out of 5 when they (NEGG) came and played the course 10 years ago. There are no courses in Maine with a 5 rating and only a few with 3.5 or higher. Maybe in the next 10 years the goal will be to get to a 4 rating.
What a year we had in 2019. The weather in May and June was cold and rainy. I was not very optimistic on July 1 that our year was going to be a profitable one. Then the sun came out, it stopped raining and the golfers arrived. The next 3 months were all record breakers and at years end we were looking at our best financial year ever. Thank you all!!!
There is no debating that the condition of our course is what has enabled us to grow and thrive in an industry that continues to struggle. I still have nightmares of my 3rd year when we started with 16 dead greens. There is no course that is immune to the climate and weather but we have Mike Lewis. He is there every day monitoring the greens and trying desperately to eliminate any more nightmares. Thank you Mike for your hard work and everything you do for LKCC.
Happy New Year!
Yours in Golf,