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New Golf Center Planned at Lyman Orchards Golf Club


Construction is set to start in April on the Golf Center at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Conn. The new facility at Lyman Orchards Golf Club will be located adjacent to the historic Apple Barrel market.

Developed by the Lyman family and Billy Casper Golf, and designed by Mark Mungeam of Mungeam Cornish Golf Design, the project calls for a new nine-hole executive layout, the only new golf course slated to be built this year in Connecticut. The par-29 layout will measure 1,600 yards and contain bentgrass greens built to USGA specifications. Holes will range in length from 115 and 315 yards.

Also planned is a 40-stall grass and artificial turf driving range with target greens and bunkers, a short-game practice area and a 2,000-square-foot clubhouse. The Golf Center at Lyman Orchards is scheduled to open in late spring 2012.

"The Golf Center reinforces the Lyman family's forward-thinking commitment to promote the game of golf and attract a new and broader demographic," says Steve Ciskowski, President and CEO of Lyman Farms, Inc. "This crossover facility will complement our two existing courses and represents a bold advance, distancing Lyman Orchards from the current landscape."

Lyman Orchards Golf Club currently features 36 eco-friendly holes. The facility has been designated a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" by Audubon International for its high standards protecting the environment and preserving the natural heritage of golf. Following Audubon-approved steps protects the wildlife habitat while reducing the use of energy, water, pesticides and fertilizer.

The first course built at Lyman Orchards is a par-72, 7,011-yard track designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and opened in 1969. Later undergoing a major renovation in 2009, the Jones Course meanders through woodlands, wetlands and meadows, offering four tees a hole and more than 50 bunkers. On the back nine, water enters play on seven holes.

In 1994, Golf Hall of Fame member Gary Player designed Lyman Orchards' second course, a par-71, 6,725-yard gem. The Player Course contains deciduous trees and classic white pines and is routed through apple orchards. Featuring ample elevation changes throughout, the layout offers panoramas of southern Connecticut at Nos. 11 and 13.

For more information or a tee time, call 860/349-6031 or visit www.lymangolf.com.

About Lyman Orchards

Set on 1,100 acres in the heart of the Nutmeg State, Lyman Orchards was established 1741 and now serves as a year-round family destination. Besides playing golf, visitors can shop for fresh farm produce and Lyman Orchard's award-winning "Hi Top" Apple Pie at the Apple Barrel market; celebrate special events at the Lyman Homestead; enjoy seasonal Pick-Your-Own fruits and tours of the orchard.

Lyman Orchards is located between New Haven and Hartford at 32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield, CT 06455. For more information, call 860/349-1793 or visit www.lymanorchards.com.