07/26/14 7:00am
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Riverhead, Vineyards Golf Club Head Pro Louis de Kerillis on 1st Tee Box Par 5. (Credit: Joseph DeMaria)

Vineyards Golf Club Head Pro Louis de Kerillis on the first tee box. (Credit: Joseph DeMaria)

Ladies and gentlemen, the game of golf is in need of some help. Yes, Houston, we do, indeed, have a problem.

According to the National Golf Foundation, golf has lost nearly five million players in the last decade. The number of rounds played, along with club memberships, are down at most courses. And golf courses around the country are shutting their doors. (more…)

07/12/14 2:00pm
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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…)

06/07/14 8:00am
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The namesake Great Rock at the 10th hole of the course in Wading River. (Courtesy photo)

The namesake Great Rock at the 10th hole of the course in Wading River. (Courtesy photo)

Last year was a tough one for golf courses in Riverhead Town. Three closed, including Long Island National, which was purchased in a bankruptcy sale. The other two were Calverton Links and Great Rock. While the courses might have all had their individual problems, it’s clear the bold predictions that were made more than a decade earlier for the town’s golf industry are falling way short. This was back when News-Review coverage of course openings carried headlines like these:

“Myrtle Beach North?”

“Scotland west?”

“National pride”

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04/06/14 8:00am
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Keeping fun in the game is part of the plan for the owners of Cedars Golf Course, Tim McManus, left, and Paul Pawlowski. (Credit: Jay Dempsey)

When I was in seventh grade back in the 1950s, it was my dream to own a transistor radio and a new set of golf clubs. The modest earnings from my Long Island Press newspaper route put my wish list items on hold.

Paul Pawlowski had a dream when he was in seventh grade of one day owning something far more grand than a radio and a set of golf clubs.  (more…)

03/13/14 12:34pm
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Gates at Great Rock are locked as the course and Blackwells restaurant have been closed since Jan. 1. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Gates at Great Rock are locked as the course and Blackwells restaurant have been closed since Jan. 1. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Great Rock golf course and Blackwells restaurant, which occupy the same property in Wading River, have been closed since January and one of the property owners says the complex will likely be sold soon.

“There’s a sale pending,” said Paul Elliott, a principal in the group that owns the property. (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.