LINCOLNDALE, NY—The Anglebrook Golf Club’s 24th season opened as scheduled on April 4. Of course, very little else was reminiscent of the typical opening days members have experienced at the club since 1998. However, what the club lacked in the numbers of players and our regular routines was overcome by sheer enthusiasm. Members and their guests were thrilled to leave the confines of home and de-stress in the safe environment of a vast piece of property—something that perhaps only golfers would understand.
There was no access to the clubhouse and no food service on opening day. There was no range, no carts and no handshakes or hugs.
But the optimism that typically abounds at the beginning of every new golf season was palpable, and for the four hours our members absorbed their first rounds of golf in some time, they reported a wonderful escape from the worldwide pandemic that has dominated the news and our lives in every way for the past few months.
“You made us feel safe and comfortable today,” one member emailed after opening day. “The golf was fantastic and it was so nice to have something to do outside.”
Most members had never walked the course before, but the concept was largely embraced by everyone. And while not everyone opted for the entire 18-hole trek, which covers approximately five miles, those who did reported it was “downright pleasurable.”
Aided by the mildest winter in Westchester in recent memory, members said conditions were extraordinary for so early in the spring, which were perhaps only exceeded by the wonderful attitude everyone had.
Our signature hospitality was as evident as all the precautions we took. Dining Room Supervisor John Frederick and Executive Chef Steve Quattrocchi took their turns behind the check-in table, where members found pre-packaged scorecards in individual bags with tees, a pencil and a ball marker waiting. The cooperation of the membership was greatly appreciated as the club limited access to the putting green to one group at a time. A.J. Berglund was summoned from the golf shop several times so members could offer an in-person congratulations, albeit from a distance, on his appointment as our new head golf professional.
“Like everything else in the world at this time, we don’t know how long the current restrictions under which we’ll operate may continue,” said General Manager Matt Sullivan. “We do know that the fresh air, sunshine, camaraderie and the pursuit of par felt like home as much as ever to our members.”
Contact: Matt Sullivan- (914) 245-5588