July 18, 2013

New clubhouse at Portland golf course to open Friday

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — The city plans to officially open its new South Course Club House at Riverside Golf Course on Friday morning.

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Portland plans to officially open its new South Course Club House at Riverside Golf Course on Friday morning.

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In this 2012 file photo, a player gets a final round in before the Riverside Golf Course in Portland closes for the season. A new clubhouse will open Friday, July 19, 2013 on the South Course at Riverside.

2012 Press Herald File Photo / Shawn Patrick Ouellette

Nicole Clegg, the city’s spokeswoman, said the new clubhouse will feature a pro shop, public restrooms and a function room.

Clegg said the ribbon cutting, which will be attended by Mayor Michael Brennan, will begin at 10 a.m.

To mark the event, Clegg said golfers will be able to play nine holes at a reduced rate. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served.

The construction of a new clubhouse represents the latest effort by the city to improve the public's golfing experience at Riverside.

Clegg said the city hired Nick Packard, a PGA professional, in May to oversee operations at the course.

The course will feature a new app for smartphones that will allow the public to book tee times online, map their course, track scores, and even order a snack off the menu from Through The Woods – the golf course restaurant.

The city-owned Riverside Golf Course opened in 1932, and was expanded to 18 holes in 1937. Today, Riverside features a nine-hole South Course and an 18-hole North Course.

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