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New Operator for Lyman Orchards
Lyman Farms, operated continuously since 1741, and Billy Casper Golf (“BCG”) have announced that BCG has been selected to manage Lyman Orchards’ 36-hole golf facility in Middlefield, Conn. The facility adds to the company’s nationwide portfolio, which now encompasses 52 properties in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The semiprivate facility is BCG’s third property in Connecticut.
“We are excited to have engaged with Billy Casper Golf to manage Lyman Orchards two outstanding, 18-hole golf courses,” says Steve Ciskowski president of Lyman Farm. “BCG was selected because of its pioneering work in marketing, golf course operations and its commitment to improving service levels for its customers.”
BCG’s primary charge at Lyman Orchards is to “reinvent” the facility via the implementation of service level improvements, technological advancements, and innovative yield and tee sheet management programs. A user-friendly, online tee-time reservation system will also be instituted to improve operational efficiency and enhance the overall customer experience.
“We have an outstanding opportunity to build upon decades of success at Lyman Orchards,” says Peter Hill, CEO and chairman of BCG and a native of nearby New Haven, Conn. “We look forward to partnering with Lyman Farms to help it realize its revenue, conditioning and service goals.”
Lyman Orchards, set on a 1,100-acre farm in central Connecticut, houses two regulation-length courses designed by Gary Player and Robert Trent Jones Sr. The Jones course opened in 1969 and is the only public design credit by the late architect in Connecticut.
The par-72 layout is known for being a strong test from the 7,011-yard back tees, with water coming into play on nine holes. Golf Digest rated the Jones Course as the eighth best public facility in the state in 1996, and the circuit regularly hosts the state Women’s Amateur Championship as well as the qualifier for the PGA’s Buick Open in Cromwell.
The Gary Player Course, which opened in 1994, presents golfers with three distinct topographies through its 6,725 yards. The layout boasts ravine, meadow and orchard holes. Whereas the Jones Course sets up well for good drivers of the golf ball, the Player Course – with its hilly fairways and numerous doglegs and blind shots – is considered a “shot-maker’s” venue.
Also in contrast to the Jones Course, greens on the Player Course are flat and medium-sized. The par-71 track features a number of signature holes, including the 395-yard, par-4 third which requires an approach shot over a 75-foot-deep ravine to a green protected by a creek in front and two bunkers right. This course is the only Player design in New England.
The facility also contains the Lyman Orchards Golf Academy run by GOLF Magazine Top-100 instructor T.J. Tomasi. Tomasi and his staff train students of all skill and experience levels at the art practice facility. All classes are conducted with a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio, providing personalized lessons and game improvement plans.
For tee times or more information on Lyman Orchards golf courses or its Golf Academy, call 888/99LYMAN or visit www.lymanorchards.com.