These are exciting times at the Makefield Highlands Golf Club.
The three-year-old Lower Makefield Township club, a par-72 test designed by Rick Jacobson, continues to mature into an area favorite. Recent pleasant weather has brought out golfers — more than 700 last weekend — and player feedback is strong.
“It has been a great start to the year,” said Michael Collins, general manager and director of golf. “Our rounds played are up, we are seeing our pace of play is a little quicker, and we've been receiving good feedback comments from our customers.”
Collins was promoted last fall from his head golf professional position to his current post, overseeing the facility. His objective is to make the facility one of the area's best.
“We know public golfers have numerous opportunities, so we have to win them over whenever we have the chance,” Collins said. “We want Makefield Highlands to be a positive experience and get repeat business.”
Collins reports the Makefield Highlands Golf Association has grown from 130 members to more than 150 players. The association sponsors seven tournaments, including club championship events, as well as a handicap service and pro shop discounts. The first association event is a stroke play tournament on April 30, with details available from the pro shop.
Recently Ole Monegal conquered the par-5, 464-yard 16th hole, scoring a double eagle (a score of 2). He hit a lengthy drive then stroked his second shot with a 5 iron, watching as his ball found its way into the cup. “That's an exciting shot, a rare shot, probably more difficult than a hole-in-one as it requires two strong shots,” Collins said.
Greens fees are essentially the same as last year, with residents paying $34 for 18 holes Monday-through-Thursday ($47 non-residents). Friday-through-Sunday rounds are $59 for residents and include use of a cart ($72 non-residents). Lower twilight rates are available.
The Lower Makefield club offers a challenging layout for all levels of golfer, as its numerous tee boxes allow for a course to be as difficult as one wants. No two holes are alike, yet there is a mixture of difficulty, challenge and beauty to bedazzle all players.