Grand Opening of The Golf Center & Apple Nine course

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Lyman Orchards – home to two celebrated 18-hole golf courses – will host a Grand Opening event for the new The Golf Center and Apple Nine Course on Saturday, June 16 in conjunction with the Lyman Orchards’ annual Strawberry Festival.

Open to the public, festivities for The Golf Center at Lyman Orchards kick-off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. followed by dazzling trick-shot artist Peter Johncke from 11 a.m. to noon and free golf clinics from noon to 3 p.m.  Live music, food and beverages run through 4:30 p.m.  Prize winners will be drawn throughout the day and complimentary shuttles will be provided between The Golf Center and Strawberry Festival.

The Apple Barrel market at Lyman Orchards will host the Strawberry Festival beginning at 8 a.m. with breakfast on the deck.  Horse-drawn wagon rides with Foxglove Farm, pony rides, pie-eating contests, face-painting, food sampling, strawberry treats and live music are among the family-fun activities scheduled.

Imagined by the Lyman family, managed by Billy Casper Golf and designed by Mark Mungeam of Mungeam Cornish Golf Design, The Golf Center at Lyman Orchards features Apple Nine, a nine-hole, 1,600-yard, par-29 course and the only new layout to open in Connecticut to date in 2012. Holes are 85 to 314 yards with bentgrass greens built to USGA specifications.

Built for practice and PGA instruction, The Golf Center at Lyman Orchards showcases a 40-stall driving range (grass and artificial turf) with simulated fairways, target greens and sand traps, short-game practice area and 2,000-square-foot clubhouse.

“We’re ecstatic to open The Golf Center,” says Steve Ciskowski, President and CEO of Lyman Orchards.  “It goes hand-in-hand with our two courses and reinforces the Lyman family’s commitment to promote the game of golf and attract new players.”

Kevin Cloud, Director of Instruction for The Golf Center, will incorporate state-of-the-art technology in private, semi-private and group lessons:

  • Foresight GC2 Launch Monitor measures ball velocity, vertical launch angle, back spin, side spin, total spin and carry distance
  • V1 Golf Video Swing Analysis Software captures and analyzes students’ swings and develop plans for improvement
  • Tomi Putting Analysis measures path, face angle and stroke tempo


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