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Katahdin CC a fun day of golf

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 33, August 14, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

Observer Photo/Sarah Macllroy
KATAHDIN COUNTRY CLUB Keeping up the carpet-like greens at Milo's golf course are a full-time job for Rick Gerrish, pictured, whose family has owned the course since 1940. While part of this 19th century barn houses course maintenance equipment, the front half includes a club house, serving members since 1930.

MILO Seventy years ago potatoes were the par at Katahdin Country Club before a Bangor man designed the greens that golfers now enjoy for a price of $200.

In 1930, local vision saw past what was then a Park Street potato field, and decided to give Milo its own golf course. In 1940, Judson Gerrish bought the course that is still operated by his family for $2,500.

In that time, the course hasn't changed a whole lot, said Rick Gerrish, who has been the general manager of the course for the past four years.

"I've worked here my whole life. I started working by hand with a push mower," he explained, "(and) it's pretty much (stayed) the same. We do have new tee offs and stuff like that."

Keeping up family traditions is a full-time job, Gerrish said.

"We work seven days week maintaining the course," he explained saying that in the off-season, he offers maitenance and repair for golf course equipment.

In addition to the commitment of keeping the course in mint condition for the members, Katahdin Country Club has quite a few other qualities that make it a course worth checking out.

"It's a good course for beginners," Gerrish explained. "It's mostly wide open, no water hazards and short-cut roughs."

There is one element of the course that golfers should know though.

"We have the world's largest sand trap," he said with a smile.

Even though the golf club does have memberships, Gerrish said anyone is welcome to try it out.

"We take walk-ons. You don't have to be a member to play," he said. "And we have all-day green fees."

For one set price, golfers can practice perfecting their game as much as they want to during the day

Younger players can now get in on the what the course offers, too. For the first time this summer, the golf club offered a free day of golf lessons for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from the area.

"We had about 18 kids play, and it was all free," he said. "We just started doing it this year, and we had a pretty good response."

For more information on the 9 - hole Park Street course, Katahdin Country Club can be reached at 943- 2686.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.