Undermountain Golf Course hopes to help nonprofits make a lot of green with tourneys
COPAKE — Local nonprofits hoping to score some green will be looking for supporters to register for a number of upcoming tournament fundraisers at the Under Mountain Golf Course in Copake, which will provide both fun and profit for groups interested in some friendly competition.
Owner and General Manager Trish MacArthur, who said the limited slots for the season are already filled, noted the program is a way of providing a helping hand to worthy groups in the area while also providing the golf course with steady stream of income throughout the season.
Undermountain fronts the costs, which are then deducted from entry fees. The remainder of the expenses are then split between the course and the sponsoring group.
Organizations register their own players with the help of the amiable MacArthur, usually a few weeks before the tournament dates with the play normally set for foursomes. The space is strictly limited so golfers hoping to participate should check with their chosen group.
The friendly competition leads to bragging rights, generally with a coveted trophy heading home with the victor, and perhaps an article in The Millerton News (be sure to email us at email@example.com with photos!).
Each tournament is capped with a meal chosen by the organization, often a barbecue featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, or, starting this year, pulled pork thanks to a recently-obtained smoker.
A schedule for the shotgun starts with a list of the organizations that will be looking for players has already been posted online for the nine-hole executive yardage course.
Some of the local organizations registered and hoping to raise funds for their good works include the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, the Ancram Fire Company, the Amenia Fire Company, the Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) and the NorthEast-Millerton (NEML) and Amenia Free Libraries’ Battle for Books, in addition to at least another dozen or more from around the region.
“We’re really looking forward to it,” said NEML Library Director Rhiannon Leo-Jameson. “Last year all the slots were filled. Everyone had a really good time, and it was nice for the library to supplement our funding.”
The two libraries ended up splitting $1,600 between them.
“We’ve even been toying with the idea of learning to golf ourselves so we can participate,” noted non-golfer Leo-Jameson, laughingly enjoying the camaraderie with Amenia Free Library Director Victoria Herow. “The trophy is currently sitting on the mantle at the Millerton library, and we’re hoping to bring it back. But whatever happens, it’s just a fun game.”
The popular course, located at 274 Under Mountain Road in Copake, kicked off the season last week on Friday, April 1. It’s open to the public and also offers junior clinics, mixed leagues, men’s and women’s leagues and memberships. Carts are available but not required.
For more information call the pro shop at 518-329-4444 or go to www.undermountaingolf.com.