The Delhi community is full of activities throughout the year including golf, which is a seasonal sport but always delivers a great time for the families and individuals in need of escape for a few hours in the day.
The College Golf Course at Delhi offers up a great experience daily throughout the summer with golf as well as a driving range, practice green, pro shop, a Junior golf program, leagues for men, women and seniors and tournaments and championships. And that’s just part of the mission for a course that also serves as a classroom for students in a variety of different majors at the State University of New York at Delhi.
The course, owned and operated by the college since its inception, has been in operation since 1965 when just the front nine holes were constructed. The current course has 18 holes as the back nine were constructed in 1995 and opened in June 1996. Dave Arehart became the course’s Head Professional and General Manager in 1998 and has been there since. Arehart who also coaches the college teams and teaches a Tournament Operation course at the college says that the course has “been a nice asset to the community, as far as providing recreation.”
The Golf Course and the SUNY Delhi College have had a lasting connection since the beginning with the college having several Majors and Programs dedicated to the sport. Majors include Business and Professional Golf Management, Golf and Sports Turf Management and Recreation and Sports Management and Facility Management. Other programs also use the course for various reasons as well.
The course is among the area’s premier public courses and is known for its natural beauty and challenging, undulating greens. Holes one, two, and nine all include going across the Delaware River. Hole one is especially tricky as the river is on the far side of the hole close to the green. Hole six is among the most beautiful appearing as the ball travels so far went it’s hit straight as the tee box is elevated and the green is over 400 yards out.
The course plays home to several leagues and tournaments throughout the year including the 54th Delaware County Amateur Tournament this past weekend. A Men’s league plays Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Ladies play on Thursday.
Place for kids to learn
Delhi’s course has been the host of the High School Section 4, Class D Championship since 2010 and has been the home of Delaware Academy and Andes/ South Kortright golf teams. The operators also run a Junior Program during the summer. “We have a terrific program, it’s a five-week program and we have around 80 to 100 kids every year,” Arehart said.
The course is currently in a large, renovation project that will see a new restaurant and pub that should be completed in the coming months. The Blue Stone Pub, as it will be called, will be more golfer friendly and feature many golfer delicacies including burgers and sandwiches and pub style foods. Like the rest of the operation, it will be a place where college students can learn and hone new skills.
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