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Westport's Longshore Golf Course Sees Record Rounds In May

A golf survey shows that Longshore Golf Course will be experiencing a resurgence in play this year.
A golf survey shows that Longshore Golf Course will be experiencing a resurgence in play this year. Photo Credit: File

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Charlie Haberstroh announced that, based on a recent survey and following a renewed emphasis on the condition of facility, the Longshore Golf Course is experiencing a resurgence in interest and play in 2015.

According to Haberstroh, the year-to-date use of the waterside course is up over 23 percent. During May, the course hosted over 5,300 rounds of play—the most rounds in the month of May since 2004. Rounds in the month of June (5,553) were up 5 percent over last June.

“The combination of spectacular weather and the work of the Parks and Rec staff and ValleyCrest Golf Maintenance has rewarded our golfers this spring. We’re confident we can continue to provide a high level golf experience for our members and guests throughout 2015,” Haberstroh said.

“I want to express my gratitude to Valley Crest, the Parks and Recreation staff, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Golf Advisory Committee and the Golf Professional who consistently endeavor to make Longshore one of Westport’s finest community assets. I am very pleased with the results of their efforts,” said First Selectman Jim Marpe.

The town’s Golf Advisory Committee recently fielded a survey to gauge their reaction to the course and to serve as a benchmark to periodically assess the Longshore golf experience. The survey revealed that 35 percent of golfers and residents plan to play more golf in 2015. Only 3 percent are planning to play less and 62 percent said they would play the same.

The common national issue of slow play does not seem to be a factor for Longshore golfers as 75 percent responded that the pace of play locally was “about right,” but 25 percent said it was too slow. Ninety-seven percent reported that they would recommend the course to a friend or colleague.

The survey also asked the members to vote on their priorities for long-term improvements to the course. Some of the top ranking improvements include adding food and drink options to the post golf experience; improving the condition of the driving range; developing a site plan to explore clubhouse options; adding practice nets; and improving the bunker conditions around the course. More than 440 men and women golfers completed the survey.

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