We Are Aerifying Greens on Tuesday, August 25th

We will be aerifying the greens on Tuesday, August 25th (tomorrow). Depending on what time of the day you come out to play, you may run into one temporary green, or you could run into nine temporary greens. We are charging $10 to play all day walking, $15 to play all day with a cart.

Daniel, Hussey & Saucier Win Championship Titles

2015 Hidden Meadows Club Champions. Stacey Hussey, Cole Daniel and David Saucier. Congratulations to all three of you. Great job! 2015 Hidden Meadows Club Champions. Stacey Hussey, Cole Daniel and David Saucier. Congratulations to all three of you. Great job!

Old Town High School junior Cole Daniel became the youngest player ever to win the Open Division of the Club Championship at Hidden Meadows Golf Course last week, firing rounds of 77-79. He finished two strokes ahead of runner-up Bill Fernandez. Fernandez, who led by one stroke with two holes to play, finished bogey-bogey, while Daniel chipped in for birdie on the par 3 8th (his 17th hole of the day), then finished with a par to secure the win. 2010 champion Ronnie Morin finished in a tie for third with Chris Kauppila, both shooting 160 over the two-day event. 2014 defending champion Ray Hussey led after the first round with 76, and finished 4th overall with 162. Continue reading

Putting Green Expanding

We have started work on expanding our putting green. We have removed the turf from the new area, and are getting the base prepped. The seed will go down next week and we will add all of the cores from our aerification. Grow-in will be this fall and we should have it open and ready to go next spring. In addition to doubling the size of the existing practice green, we are adding a practice bunker as well.

Turf removed in preparation for putting in the base material on the new putting green.

Turf removed in preparation for putting in the base material on the new putting green.

Looks like a pyramid of sand!

Looks like a pyramid of sand!

Jim Gaouette spreads the sand in preparation for seeding the new putting green addition.

Jim Gaouette spreads the sand in preparation for seeding the new putting green addition.

Member/Guest This Sunday, New Tees Open

Don’t forget, we’ve got the annual Member/Guest tournament this coming Sunday. Tee time is at 9 a.m. Cost is $50 per team. And guess what? We will be using ALL of our new tees for the first time for this tournament. So for the first time ever in the history of Hidden Meadows GC, you can play 18-holes and have 18 different looks. Oh yeah!

Looking at #8 green from the new tee box.

Looking at #8 green from the new tee box.

Club Championship is This Coming Weekend

Don’t forget, the Hidden Meadows Club Championship is this coming Saturday and Sunday. 18-holes both days and it’s only $15 to enter the tournament. We have four divisions: Open, Senior, Women, Junior. Starting time is 9 a.m. both days. Sign-ups are being taken in the pro shop. So far we have about 30 people committed to play, which is a great turnout. Let’s see if we can get it to 40!

2014 Champions: Ray Hussey, Stacey Hussey, George Thibodeau & Cole Daniel.

2014 Champions: Ray Hussey, Stacey Hussey, George Thibodeau & Cole Daniel.

Thoughts on Golf

Note: This is an article that I wrote for the Bangor Metro Magazine, which was published in their June/July special section “This Is Maine, Summer 2015.” Hope you enjoy it.

by Joe Perdue
PGA Professional/Owner
Hidden Meadows Golf Course

Golf. It is so much more than just hitting a little white ball around an open field.

The game will challenge you mentally, as well as physically. It provides an avenue to make new friends, or to re-kindle old friendships. Business owners will take potential employees or customers out to play golf, because it’s always been said if you want to truly get to know a person, watch how they conduct themselves on a golf course. It will tell you everything you need to know about them.

Golf is the ultimate game for family bonding. Grandparent’s taking their grandchildren to the links for the first time. Parent’s teaching their young children how to play. Family outings or vacations that are planned around playing different golf courses. A son or daughter spending time on the course with mom or dad later in life, enjoying each other’s company as adults. Family holiday gatherings are filled with stories of things that happened on the golf course.

Golf is one of the best games ever invented. It’s different every time you go out to play, even if you play on the same course every day. Some days the wind blows, some days it doesn’t. Some days it’s sunny and warm, other days it’s drizzly and cold. More often than not, especially in the state of Maine, it’s a combination of all of the above on any given day.

With all of the changing conditions, one thing is constant: It’s you against the course. That’s the tug at your competitive side. You might smash an occasional long tee shot, stuff an approach shot close to the flag, or drain a monster putt. But the course requires you to do so much more if you want to win your contest with ‘old man par.’

Golf makes you negotiate different lengths and types of shots on every hole. It makes you be able to curve the ball right or left (on purpose), hit it over or under a tree, avoid a water hazard or keep it off ‘the beach’ when you approach a green. And even if you do everything perfectly for one hole, you have to do it over and over again during the entire round if you want to beat the game that day. And while you do all of this, it requires you to keep your wits about you the whole time. In the end, ‘old man par’ usually comes out ahead.

Golf’s evolution mirrors our society’s evolution, and as with everything, some of the change is good, some not so good. It’s fun to look through a lens and see exactly how many feet it is from you to the hole, then be able to hit your shot exactly that distance. It’s also fun to use the GPS on your phone to measure how far you hit your tee shot down the fairway. But nothing can take away from the game as much as hearing a phone ring in the middle of your backswing, or seeing your playing partner texting a message instead of paying attention to playing their game.

Golf is a healthy diversion from the every day rigors of life. In this day and age, we do not set aside enough time for ourselves. We’re too ‘connected’ to the news 24/7, too ‘connected’ to Facebook or Twitter. Too consumed with our 40-hour-a-week job that more and more seems to require 50, 60 or even 70 hours a week to do well if we don’t want to worry about being replaced. If a person would turn off their phone and enjoy the solitude of even a ‘quick 9,’ and make themselves unavailable to any outside distractions and unavailable to anyone, they would find it’s a wonderful way to re-charge their batteries.

Find a local course that is fun to play. A course that offers a variety of playing opportunities for kids, seniors, women, couples and adults. A course that offers instruction for all ages. A course that is challenging for your skill level, no matter what your skill level is. A course that embraces nature and the outdoors, where you can see deer, fox, porcupines and an occasional moose. A course where you can watch the sun rise, as well as watch the sun set.

Enjoy the game of golf. It has a lot to offer. For everyone.

Member-Guest Tournament Moved to Sunday, August 23rd

We have had to make a change to our annual maintenance schedule, which has resulted in a change to the date for our annual Member/Guest tournament. We have moved the Member/Guest tournament to Sunday, August 23rd.

The starting time is 9 a.m. The format is a Select Drive 2-Ball. The entry fee is $50 per team. Lunch is included following play. We are now taking sign-ups in the pro shop. With a little bit of cooperation from Mother Nature, we may be breaking in our new tees that day!

Ron Blair Aces #4

Ron Blair, from Old Town, made his first-ever hole-in-one on #4. Blair, who is 81-years-old, used a driver on the 151-yard par 3. He was playing with Dana Lacadie and Tom Rayk. He is on the course right now trying to become the first person ever to make back-to-back aces on #4. Nice shot Ron. Way to go!

Ron Blair on #4, where he made his first-ever hole-in-one.

Ron Blair on #4, where he made his first-ever hole-in-one.

Lots of Upcoming Events at Hidden Meadows

Summer is in full swing and we have several tournaments coming up over the next couple of weeks.

On Saturday, July 25th, is the Charity Tournament for Kids Education in Africa. It is a 4-person scramble, and the cost is $200 per team ($50 per player). This includes the tournament entry fee, carts, lunch, pay spots for the top three teams, flag events and lots of special events throughout the day. Starting time is at 8 a.m. Zachary Hussey is running the event, and he can be contacted at zachary.hussey@umit.maine.edu.

On Sunday, July 26th, is the 2nd Annual Garford Golf Scramble. It is a 4-person scramble, and the entry fee is $140 per team ($35 per player) if you register before Sunday, or $180 per team ($40 per player) if you register the day of the tournament. The entry fee includes the golf, prizes, flag events and food. Golf carts are an additional $24 per cart ($12 per person). The proceeds from the tournament will go towards the restoration and housing of the Garford Fire Truck, and to bring it back to Old Town. For more information, contact the Professional Firefighters of Old Town at 207.356.8299.

On Sunday, August 9th, is the 1st Annual Red Riot Baseball Golf Scramble. It begins at 8 a.m. and is a 4-person scramble. The cost is $50 per person ($200 per team), and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, prizes and more. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to purchase a hitting cage for the Orono High School baseball field. To enter, log on to www.oronobaseball.com. Or, contact head baseball coach Timothy Bush for more information.

On Friday, August 21st, is the 1st Annual Old Town Recreation Center Charity Golf Classic. It begins at 9 a.m. and the cost is $250 per team. The entry fee includes golf, cart, mulligans, prizes, flag events, special events, food and more. Proceeds from the tournament will help to support year-round youth programming offered at the Old Town Rec Center. For more information, please contact Kevin McPhee at 207.827.3961.

Folks, these are four excellent events and all help to raise money in our community that benefits everyone. And what better way to spend a morning than to play some golf and have some fun. If you have any questions about any of these events, we are here to help. Please call the pro shop at 207.827.4779.