9 APRIL 2008: GOLF COURSE RESTORATION AND MISSION STATEMENT ESTABLISHED
Everyone is talking about what Penobscot Valley Country Club will be like when it has been restored to Donald Ross's original, 1924 vision. No one, however, has talked about it more than those who will actually implement the restoration project. It is vitally important to approach this project with great care, and that is exactly what we've been doing. At this time, we'd like to share with you exactly where WE see the golf course today, throughout the project, and at its completion. You may download and review our Golf Course Restoration Guidelines and Mission Statement.
10 JANUARY 2008: RESTORATION UPDATE
December may have seen record snowfall amounts, but all we've been thinking about for the last six weeks is golf at Penobscot Valley. With Donald Ross's original 1924 layout always before us, plans are proceeding on an even faster track than originally expected. Here's where things stand as of mid January:
Our current plan is to bring back 31 missing Ross bunkers and rebuild/restore another 65 that currently exist –weather-permitting, of course. As soon as snow is gone this Spring, we will be completely rebuilding the 3rd Green, and are scheduled to do the same to the 14th Green at the start of October. All of this will be done in 2008 with one of the finest golf course finish-contractors in the country: Agri-Scape of Connecticut. Agri-Scape has been our partner on projects at both Sunday River Golf Club (Newry) and Old Marsh Country Club (Wells).
There is another exciting development in the works. We have optioned the land parallel to the First Hole to accommodate our plans for the building of a brand new driving range. These plans are, of course, subject to permits and approvals. All kinds of smaller maintenance and improvement projects are in the works, as well... too many to name here. Watch the website for continued updates, and we will post new information as it becomes available.
27 NOVEMBER 2007: HARRIS GOLF PURCHASES PENOBBY
It's official – Penobscot Valley Country Club has been purchased by Harris Golf of Bath, Maine. We couldn't be more excited – after nearly a hundred years of being a true Maine golf tradition, the Club has been looking for someone to continue the work for the next century. Harris Golf was founded and is owned and operated by the Harris family, who understand Maine golf better than almost anyone. Father Dick Harris is a Maine golf icon (recently inducted into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame), and his sons Jeff and Jason have been the driving force behind other Harris properties throughout the state.
Aside from a complete restoration of Penobscot Valley's 18 holes to the original Ross design, the Harrises also have plans to restore a full membership and allow more people to fully enjoy this important and beautiful place that is a big part of Maine golf history. Watch this page for further updates and other happenings around the Club!