YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The redevelopment of the Par 3 golf course in Yorktown has hit more than a few rough patches over the years.
Located on Route 6 in Shrub Oak, the nine-hole course formerly known as Shallow Creek closed in 2007 and was donated to the town as parkland. Three years later, the Parks and Recreation Commission sought to license the 12-acre property and received two offers. The first offer to turn the course into a family fun center with miniature golf and laser tag was selected but the plan eventually fell through, leading the commission to revisit the second offer from Rocco Cambareri, a resident and golf professional, who wanted to restore the course to its previous state. Plans also called for a clubhouse and restaurant.
In 2014, the town agreed to lease the property to Cambareri’s non-profit organization, RC Recreation Development. Cambareri then started work on an extensive cleanup process; however, he died in 2017 before he was able to fulfill his vision, leaving the future Valley Fields Golf Course in a state of limbo.
A year later, his partner in the project, Larry Nussbaum, told the town he would like to continue Cambareri’s work. So, the Town Board voted to extend the length of its agreement with RC Recreation to develop and operate the course through 2028.
Renovation work began in spring 2019, but on March 3, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued a stop-work order and construction was halted because the organization had failed to obtain the proper permits.
Town employees began working with RC Recreation on developing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, which was submitted to the DEC earlier this month. A State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit was issued on Friday, July 24, and the stop-work order was lifted.
“A lot of credit goes to our departments,” said Town Supervisor Matt Slater. Pitching in were the parks and recreation, planning, and engineering departments. “It was an all hands on deck approach.”
At times, Slater said, a “heavy hand” has been needed to make sure RC Recreation stays on track.
“We want to see them fulfill Roc’s vision and we recognize it’s going to be a great thing,” Slater said of Cambareri and his plan to restore the Par 3 golf course. “Hopefully they’ve gotten all the hurdles out of the way.”