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Improvements underway at Sugarloaf Golf Club

Course announces multi year Capital Improvement Project, including $45,000 in improvements for next season

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – As it prepares for its 25th Anniversary, the Sugarloaf Golf Club in Carrabassett Valley, Maine has embarked on $45,000 worth of improvements for the 2010 season, including substantial drainage improvements to the sixth hole, widened fairways, tree removal, driving range improvements, and landscaping projects. The work is part of a comprehensive capital improvement plan for the course which will be completed over the next several years.

Funding for the improvements has been provided by Carrabassett Valley’s Golf Course Reserve Fund, which is mutually funded by annual contributions from the town and Sugarloaf Mountain Corporation.

“Sugarloaf has been regarded as a top course in New England for 25 years, and these projects will help us continue the premier golf experience that players have come to expect,” said Scott Hoisington, Sugarloaf’s Director of Golf.

The drainage work on the sixth hole is being done by Irrigation Systems Inc. of Yarmouth, Maine, which specializes in golf course drainage and irrigation systems. The work commenced upon the closing of the golf course in mid-October and most of the work is expected to be completed by the second week in November. Re-seeding and the laying of sod will occur next spring. The approach to the sixth hole will also be expanded by 8000 square feet by removing a grass bunker.

The course will see improvements to additional holes as well, in an effort to improve player friendliness. Fairways will be expanded on holes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 14, 17, and 18, with additional tree removal planned for holes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9. Course crews will continue to overseed greens with A-4 bent grass and will complete new landscaping work around the tenth tee and Pro-Shop. The driving range tee box will also be enlarged by 15,000 square feet.

“The Town of Carrabassett is pleased to announce these improvements in partnership with Sugarloaf,” said Dave Cota, Carrabassett Valley Town Manager. “The close Public/Private relationship between the Town and the Mountain continues to provide enhanced recreational amenities for our taxpayers and guests and increased economic activity for the greater Sugarloaf area.”

First opened in 1985, Sugarloaf Golf Club has consistently been regarded among the top courses in New England, and has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design is sculpted from the natural terrain that lies in the Carrabassett River valley. The most memorable holes on the course, the String of Pearls, is a six-hole sequence that runs alongside the Carrabassett River. The 2010 season will mark the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the course.

For more information please visit www.sugarloaf.com/summer.html  .