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Sugarloaf Golf Club to open on May 28

2010 season marks 25th Anniversary; Officials anticipate best opening conditions in several years  

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – The Sugarloaf Golf Club will kick off its 25th season on May 28, 2010, and golf course officials are anticipating some of the strongest opening day conditions on the course in several years. New for the 2010 season, the course will feature improved greens fees and membership rates, a redesigned and more player friendly sixth hole, new offerings from the Sugarloaf Golf School, and a new Head Professional, Steve Niezgoda. 

The course emerged from the winter with minimal turf damage, and above average spring temperatures since early April have provided optimal growing conditions. 

“Winters up here in the mountains can be challenging, as we saw last year, but this spring we were fortunate to emerge from the winter season in excellent shape,” Sugarloaf Superintendant Bob Bruce said. “The warm spring has encouraged significant growth throughout the course, and I think our guests will be pleasantly surprised when they come to tee off this weekend.” 

Sugarloaf has improved its greens fees and membership rates for its 25th Anniversary season, with early and late season greens fees at $69, and regular season greens fees now at $95 for 18 holes with cart. The club now also offers various levels of memberships, starting as low as $429. Memberships are available at reduced rates until May 31. 

Golfers will find the most dramatic changes to the course this year on the sixth hole, which was completely renovated during the offseason. The hole’s drainage system was completely redesigned and replaced, which will improved turf quality on the fairway. Numerous trees and other brush were removed along the approach and playable area was increased dramatically. This will provide a more player-friendly experience on what has historically been ranked as one of the most difficult holes in the state.  

“The improvements to number six are striking and I think anyone who has played that hole in the past will be pleasantly surprised,” said Head Professional Steve Niezgoda. “It’s going to provide an all around more enjoyable experience for the average Sugarloaf golfer.” 

Also new to the golf course this year is Niezgoda himself. Now in his fourth full year as a PGA certified Professional, Niezgoda comes to Sugarloaf from the Bay Harbor Golf Club and the Country Club of Boyne in Michigan. Sugarloaf, Bay Harbor, and the Country Club of Boyne are all operated by Boyne Resorts. 

Niezgoda has already brought new life into the Sugarloaf Golf School, with a new junior golf program, the famed Nike Junior Golf Camps. Sugarloaf will be Maine’s only location for the Nike Junior Golf School this season.  

In addition, the Golf School will be offering new early season weekly clinics – four sessions of 30 minute clinics for both men and women, featuring instruction uniquely tailored to meet the needs of each individual.  

The Sugarloaf Golf Club has consistently been ranked as one of Maine and New England’s premier golf courses for the past 25 years, and has been named as one of the top 100 public courses in the nation by Golf Digest. 

For more information on the Sugarloaf Golf Club and the Sugarloaf Golf School, or to book a tee time for opening weekend, please visit www.sugarloaf.com or call 1-800-THE-LOAF