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Springfield Country Club Course

Our professional golf staff proudly delivers an exceptional private club experience for members and their guests.

The course features variations in lie, undulating greens and raw beauty in layout, offering a challenging, yet enjoyable course members never tire of playing. Seasoned members are continuously impressed by the superb course conditions, ability to access the course at their leisure and the pace of play making the game both enjoyable and convenient.

For those who enjoy friendly competition, season long golf leagues and one and two day tournaments are available for men and women. There are also casual games to be had on any given day at the Club. We offer an extensive junior golf program.

Need to work on your game? The practice facility offers many opportunities whether on our three tiered driving range or 2 practice greens. If you want a private lesson - we have several PGA professionals on staff.

Head PGA Professional: E.J. Altobello, PGA
Pro Shop Phone Number (413) 787-1573
Email: golfpro@springfieldccma.org

Blue: yards 6531 , rating 72.1, slope 134
White: yards 6215, rating 70.3, slope 130
Gold: yards 5282, rating 65.9, slope 111
Red: yards 5059, rating 69.3, slope 120


 

 

If you are looking to book a golf outing or would like more information about our golf packages please contact: golfpro@springfieldccma.org.

Springfield CC in Good Hands
estern Mass. Notebook - CHRIS MIRACLE
Entering his 13th season as head
superintendent at Springfield Country
Club, Jedd Newsome enjoys the daily
rewards of his profession, yet is always ready for
the new challenges that lie ahead each season.
Since working on the grounds crew at The
Ranch Golf Club in the early 2000s, Newsome had
a hunch of where his career pursuit would lead.
“I loved the idea of maintaining grass. Just being
able to be outside, you realize it is a career that
most people wish they could have, the freedom
that comes along with making decisions every
day and seeing the tangible results of your hard
work,” Newsome said.
Balancing the demands of working full-time
and going to school, Newsome graduated from
the Stockbridge School of Agriculture in 2005,
landing his first head superintendent job at Tekoa
Country Club in Westfield that same year. After
holding the same position at The Ranch Golf
Club (2007-09) Newsome arrived at Springfield
Country Club in 2010.
“You see tangible results and I really enjoy
working with this membership (Springfield) in
particular, walking on the golf course in good
conditions, and knowing in the back of your mind
that all the hard work pays off,” Newsome added.
As for new challenges, the start to the
2022 season has had a similar theme for many
courses, dealing with the effects to the course
from winter kill. “It has affected a huge number
of courses - the worst year since 2014-2015. It
is widespread into Vermont all the way down to
New York. New York rarely gets ice damage on
greens,” Newsome noted.
“On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we had 2
inches of rain and then the temperature went
down to 10 degrees at night, so we went under
ice on January 17. We had a lot temperature
fluctuations and then the ice would start to melt
and freeze at night. That is the worst thing for
grass in winter because poa wants to get going
early. It starts to take up water and gets a hard
freeze. It just can’t take that over the long term.”
Newsome added further explanation to this
problem that many courses face this spring.
“You start to get crown hydration, basically the
crown of the plant is the growing point, and if
you keep that alive during the winter, the leaves
can die, the roots can die off, but the crown stays
alive and it will regenerate. If that takes up water
and freezes hard in the winter, you are done. It
is a dead plant and there is no recovery. That
is what happened here. That goes with the age
of the golf course. We do not have any internal
drainage with our greens. So, the weather with
the age of the golf course has become a big, big
challenge.”
Another concern going forward, according
to Newsome, is the supply chain issues brought
about since the Covid pandemic.
“Luckily, we ordered our fertilizers and
pesticides early in October last year. We got
lucky with fertilizer. Moving forward we are
anticipating, just getting fertilizer and then the
cost could be 30-70 percent higher than what we
have seen in the past,” Newsome said.
“Supplies such as flagsticks and cups, just
basic supplies that I ordered in January and I
still have not seen them, and I have not been told
when we will get them.”
A veteran now in the turf management
business, Newsome pointed out that one of the
biggest changes that he has seen is the way
superintendents communicate about course
conditions to golfers.
“Fifteen to twenty years ago, golfers were
not as educated as they are now because I think
the superintendent and club professionals have
worked to educate golfers about what goes into
course maintenance, and why we have to do
certain things. I think it is just better education
communication overall. The progression
has been tremendous with better and better
superintendents, along with web sites, blogs and
social media,” Newsome said. “As a whole the
superintendent at every club has done a much
better job of communicating to the golfers, the
day in, day out tasks that need to be done.”
Consider Newsome in the lucky category
in the fact that his profession is what he loves
doing day in, day out.
“There is just so much good that comes with
being a golf course superintendent. You have so
much freedom as long as the golf course is in
decent condition. Managing personnel, it is fun. I
wouldn’t change it for anything.”
Chris Miracle,  Golf Professional at Springfield
Country Club, writes a Western Mass.
column in each issue of snegolfer.com.
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