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A grand reopening will be held at the recently upgraded Pakachoag Golf Course, 15 Upland St. in Auburn, on Friday May 6 from 10:30-11:30am.

There will be drawings, refreshments, and several presentations. Local dignitaries including State Senator, Michael O. Moore, State Representative Paul Frost and Town Manager Julie Jacobsen will be on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Former PGA president and Leominster native, Jim Remy, will be the special guest. Jim Remy is a Hall of Fame member of both the PGA of America and New England PGA (NEPGA) Section. Jim, vice president and general manager of the Okemo Golf Division at the Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow, Vermont, was formerly a PGA assistant professional at Worcester Country Club and an assistant professional at Mount Pleasant Country Club.

The event is free and open to the public. There will also be a commemoration of Robert Goddard’s first liquid fueled rocket launch – which took place on what is now Pakachoag Golf Course – beginning at 12:30pm. Auburn Middle School students will be on hand to launch a model rocket of their own.

Auburn Town Meeting representatives approved the takeover of Pakachoag Golf Course management at Special Town Meeting in October 2015. Auburn assumed control from the previous

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

management company, Johnson Golf, when Johnson’s contract with the Town expired on December 31, 2015.

Since then, big changes have been happening on Upland St. Director of Recreation and Culture, Kristen Pappas, has also been appointed club manager. Her office has since been moved from the first floor at Town Hall up to the remodeled clubhouse at Pakachoag.

Peter Corio was hired as the Town’s first Superintendent at the Pakachoag Golf Course. Peter has over 30 years of golf course management experience, including turf and irrigation system maintenance. Christopher Hanlan was hired as the Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. He is working alongside Peter Corio to maintain and improve the Pakachoag Golf Course. Chris has worked at this golf course for the past eight years, and comes with extensive knowledge of its maintenance requirements.

The first physical improvement visitors will notice is the grading in the parking area and in front of the clubhouse. Inside the clubhouse, visitors will find new paint, carpeting, remodeled restrooms, and a new flat screen TV.  Some light refreshments are going be available including beverages, pizza, hot dogs, and a variety of snacks.  According to Pappas, additional items will be added as the season gets warmer and busier.

Golfers will be able to enjoy these treats in the new chairs and tables in the clubhouse, in a seat on the remodeled patio overlooking the first fairway, or on the course in one of the 18 new gas-powered golf cars acquired by the Town.

Out on the course, many landscaping changes have been made, most notably clearing the area around the water hazard between the 1st and 9th holes. The pond used to be a blind hazard, but is now visible from both the first and ninth tees. Drainage improvements, irrigation repairs and improvements, and general tree and brush trimming have also given the course a cleaner look.

Tee times can be scheduled by calling the course at (508) 755-3291. Rates for 2016 are as follows:

Fee Schedule 2016 9 Holes 18 Holes
Senior/Junior Weekday $12.00 $20.00
Regular Weekday $13.00 $24.00
Weekend/Holiday $15.00 $25.00
Push Cart Rental, per person $5.00 $10.00
Golf Cart Rental, per person $10.00 $18.00

In addition, season passes and gift certificates are available. Visit the new Pakachoag Golf Course web site at pakachoaggolfcourse.com for more information.