Cat: Private Clubs
Golf Course Works to Regain Premiere Position
Lawrence Yacht and Country Club
Nassau County, New York
Before we hired Adam and BrightView, the course was being under-managed. Today it's operating in a much more professional way. Members who have been at the club for more than 30 years tell me the course has never looked better.Leo McMahon - General Manager, Lawrence Yacht and Country Club
A Premiere Partnership
Located in Nassau County, New York and built in 1924, the golf course at the Lawrence Yacht and Country Club (LYCC) was one of the first courses built in the county. But in 2012, when the club partnered with BrightView, the course had long lost its premiere position.
“Conditions were bad,” said Leo McMahon, General Manager. “Our greens had very slow speeds, one green had turf damage and our fourth green hadn’t had grass growing on it for more than ten years.”
Club management and the village of Lawrence, which owns the club, knew changes were in order. They brought BrightView on board and hired Adam Thomas as the new superintendent.
New Superintendent, New Partnership – A Winning Team
Together, Adam and the BrightView experts made a winning team. Work began immediately to help restore the course and over the course of the last three years, BrightView has helped LYCC increase the quality of the course year over year and, in the process, save the club hundreds of thousands of dollars .
“Before we hired Adam and BrightView, the course was being under-managed,” said McMahon. “Today it’s operating in a much more professional way. Members who have been at the club for more than 30 years tell me the course has never looked better.”
But the partnership has done more than just improve the golf course through normal times. When Hurricane Sandy loomed, BrightView and the LYCC crew did proactive work to help minimize the damage and substantial work afterwards to help the course recover from the resulting silt and debris.
Contract Renews at Lower Rates with Complete Bunker Restoration
Recently, the club renewed its contract with BrightView for another three years. Not only are the rates for the new contract lower, they also include complete restoration of all the club’s bunkers.
“It’s fantastic,” said McMahon. “The restoration is built in as an annual expense for us, just part of our fixed operating expenses. That they could do that and continue the good work is great.”
The restoration work has begun and will be completed over the next two winter seasons so as to minimize play disruption. McMahon and the members look forward to the results and to LYCC regaining its position as one of the premiere golf clubs in Nassau County.