07/12/14 2:00pm
07/12/2014 2:00 PM
The entrance to Calverton  Links Friday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The entrance to Calverton Links, which was recently purchased by a new owner. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Calverton Links golf course, which has been closed since last October, has a new owner.

A group called Bashi Calverton Links LLC, headed by developer Parviz Farahzad, purchased the 126-acre property on Edwards Avenue on May 30 for $3.5 million, according to county records.  (more…)

11/05/13 12:46pm
11/05/2013 12:46 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Calverton Links on Edwards Avenue closed abruptly for the season on Oct. 31.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Calverton Links on Edwards Avenue closed abruptly for the season on Oct. 31.

Calverton Links abruptly closed for the season on Oct. 31, and it doesn’t appear it will reopen anytime in the foreseeable future, said the golf course’s general manager, Steven Lee.

“I asked the family what the future of Calverton Links was and they said they don’t know, but they know they don’t want to be involved with running it anymore,” said Mr. Lee, who spent 15 years working at the 172-acre Edwards Avenue golf course in Calverton. “They said they were looking for someone to buy it.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, Calverton Links was not listed for sale. Bill Schulman, the owner of Calverton Links, could not immediately be reached for comment.

His daughter, Lenore Treiman, a real estate agent in Florida, would only say Tuesday that the golf course was “closed for the season,” a fact also illustrated on a sign on the course’s Edwards Avenue fence, as well as a message sent to course members on Nov. 1.

Eagle’s Landing Caterers, a catering hall located on the premises of the golf course, is also closed for the season, and has stopped taking bookings into next year. Tony Maaiki, the catering manager at Eagle’s Landing, said he had “no clue” what the future of Calverton Links was.

“It’s closed for the season as far as we know,” he said. “We’re not taking any bookings for next year or anything.”

Mr. Lee said he took a second job at Poxabogue Golf Course in Bridgehampton in June, where he is now employed full-time.

On Tuesday morning Jeff Seeman, the superintendent of the golf course at Calverton Links, said the golf course faced competition from nearby municipal golf courses, who he said were able to lower their prices because their courses are “technically subsidized by the county,” he said.

Six golf courses are available to the public in Riverhead Town, as well as exclusive Friar’s Head Golf Course, which is private access only. One of the public courses is owned by the county – Indian Island Golf Course, which offers rate discounts to county residents who purchase a green key.

“Our daily rate structures need to support our private enterprise of running a golf course, which every year becomes more and more expensive,” Mr. Seeman said. A daily round of golf during the week at Calverton Links cost around $55 and included a bucket of golf balls, he said.

Calverton Links wouldn’t be the first golf course in the area to note a struggle to draw golfers recently. Over the summer, Long Island National Golf Course was purchased by real estate developer Donald Zucker for $6 million after its prior owner filed for bankruptcy. According to the New York Daily News, Zucker later said he was going to make the course private.

ryoung@timesreview.com

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Calverton Links on Edwards Avenue closed abruptly for the season on Oct. 31.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Calverton Links on Edwards Avenue closed abruptly for the season on Oct. 31.

06/11/13 10:08am
06/11/2013 10:08 AM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Theresa Drozd (left) tears up as Robert DeSena makes a speech about her success with Council for Unity Sunday evening.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Theresa Drozd (left) tears up as Robert DeSena makes a speech about her success with Council for Unity Sunday evening.

 

They called her a saint, the “fairy godmother of Riverhead,” and more. So when Theresa Drozd — Riverhead High School’s crisis prevention specialist and an active leader in the school’s Council for Unity, student government, and other programs — announced she would be retiring at the end of this year, school and nonprofit officials prepared their proclamations honoring her.

Even that wasn’t enough, said Robert DeSena, founder of the Council for Unity, a nationwide anti-gang organization for youths. So the organization made an award just for her, the Trailblazer’s Award.

He said Ms. Drozd expanded the program, which started in the schools, into a broader organization that connects district students, community members, police officers and people in jail looking to restart their lives.

“What Theresa has done is to make a four-pronged strategy that makes organized criminal activity almost impossible,” Mr. DeSena said.

Colleagues from Riverhead schools to police and law enforcement all gathered at Calverton Links Monday evening to hold a surprise retirement party for Ms. Drozd, who will retire and move to North Carolina to spend more time with her husband and grandchildren.

High School Principal David Wicks said she is a “priceless” member of the district.

“She’s interwoven into the fabric of the district, of that building,” he said. “There is no replacing her, it’s just a matter of getting by without her.”

For more about Ms. Drozd and her accomplishments during her more than a decade with Riverhead schools, check this week’s Riverhead News-Review.

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