While we are operating during these trying times please try to think ahead and follow the rules posted. Please be prepared to pay by phone from the parking lot once you have arrived. If possible arrange for one person in your group to pay as phone transactions are time consuming for all involved. If you need info on the course print a copy of the scorecard on this website(found under the golf tab). Rates are as posted on the same page. During the 1 person per cart protocol carts may be in short supply. 1 per cart will be enforced. Remember that this is still very early in the season and wet conditions still prevail. If we have cart restrictions they are to protect the course. There are not exceptions to these rules at this time. If found not obeying the rules you will be stripped of the key and asked to walk. Thank you for your help in staying open by obeying the many rules during COVID-19 protocol restrictions.
We will be opening the course with restrictions as allowed by CT-DECP
Friday March 27th we will start with opening the original 9 holes. If we all can abide by these guidelines and practice common sense, we may continue to operate during this trying time.
The following protocol will be followed in order to stem the spread and still allow recreational golf. Please read and agree to follow these rules.
Effective immediately golf course will be closed. In order to stem the spread of COVID 19 we will be adhering to the governors appeal. Golf and clubhouse operations will be stopped until further notice. Hopefully if we can slow the virus spreading, the CDC and medical professionals will be given time to enact safeguards to ensure our best solution to handling this pandemic. Jon Case and a limited grounds crew will be allowed to maintain the golf course in order to facilitate our reopening as soon as we are safe. Please respect the closing of the course, Keep yourselves and your families safe. As the clubhouse is closed, if you need to contact the course you can call the 860-668-4973 number and they will check messages remotely. Please stay safe and we hope to see all of you soon!!!!
Our season membership rates will hold the same for 2020 but we have had to slightly increase our daily rates for the coming season. We still pride ourselves on being one of the most reasonable courses to play in the region. If you have considered membership in the past, and you play regularly, you might want to redo the math.
Now is also the time to consider joining a league for the coming season. League play can help boost your consistency and create new relationships on and off the course.
We have leagues playing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday(ladies) mornings as well as Monday thru Friday evenings (wed. night has a ladies league among others).
Most leagues are accepting new players.
Please call the golf course and we can put you in touch with the appropriate contacts.
New membership forms for 2020 are available at the the clubhouse or for download under the golf tab on this website.
Start planning now for next year.
It's always wet in the spring, but this year we keep wondering when will we be able to play. I can never remember having to close the course so many days. It seems as if when we do get to play, we will never be able to take carts off the path. We all know weather will change and we will be out playing and complaining about heat. If you think it's frustrating as a player, imagine trying to schedule workers and maintenance around this spring. It's been too wet to even mow most areas except greens and tees. We have been cleaning up winter debris and preparing for the ability to get out and mow any area that is dry enough. On the plus side the grass roots seem to be thriving. When I was able to get out to play the divots I replaced had healthy strong roots which should serve us well as we move towards the heat of summer. As a golf course superintendent I would be environmentally to even consider putting this much water on the course. Nature has it's own rules. In the long run we will benefit from all this wet spring weather, but right now it is hard to comprehend. We as the ownership and staff of Airways Golf, appreciate your patience and loyalty. We will be playing as often as we consider your enjoyment versus frustration about plugged balls, wet feet and cart path only can aquire a favorable balance. We don't want your experience to frustrate (due to conditions) more than to exhilarate! I urge you to be patient and if you are interested check out the golf rounds auction at www.Tee-UpNewEngland.com which supports research at New England regional universities on turfgrass management issues which ends on April 22nd.
Once again I thank you for your patience and understanding!
Jon Case superintendent
Each year we and many other Golf Courses from all over New England donate rounds of golf to be auctioned off following the Masters. The proceeds from this auction helps fund research at regional universities on turfgrass maintenance and related topics. Many safer and more environmentally friendly practices have resulted from this type of research. Please visit and support this auction and at the same time get some great deals on golf throughout New England and some surrounding states. Find out more at www.Tee-UpNewEngland.com
Winter has finally given us a chance to get out and get some preparation done in order to open the original 9 holes at noon on Wednesday March 27th. It's been a long winter with glimpses of hope to open and then spring wetness setting in. We will have to restrict the use carts to paved cart path only! The course is still very soft but we believe the joy of being able to play will offset the lack of roll. We are continuing to clean up the rest of the course and hope to get 18 holes open soon. Our recommendation is to play lift, clean and place this time of year. If you land in a puddle or mud find a suitable place to place your ball and play from there with no penalty. Just remember at this time of year especially to just enjoy being able to get out swing the club and have fun. Many leagues will be starting play towards the middle/end of April, so consider joining one. It's a great way to make new friends. Several have openings. As I always stress, check out our Facebook page to get more timely updates on course conditions and happenings. We installed the new sign and are looking forward to a great new year with all of you!!!
While the snow and ice are on the ground our winter grounds staff is preparing and maintaining our golf course equipment and accessories for another season. The Kemps and golf counter staff are on a very limited regular schedule. If you need personal contact with any of them please call ahead or leave a message and your call will be returned. They are available to meet but will not always be at the course. If the course is available to play we will post on our facebook page. The facebook page is the place we put status updates on the course. Please refer to --- www.Facebook.com/airwaysgolf for our updates.
The rhodedendron bush or shrub is one of nature's thermometers. Being an evergreen (which means it retains it's green leaves or needles throughout the year) the plant protects its leaves by curling into tight needles as the temperature drops. As temperatures rise the leaves relax their tightness and open up at about 32 degrees. By observing the leaves/needles of the rhodedendron and azalea plants you can get a good idea of temperature. The further below freezing the temperature gets the tighter the curl until at about zero degrees they are like needles. Below you will see some examples of different looks at the plants between 10 and 32 degrees. Can you tell what the temperature is by your shrubs.
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