McNeil chosen to complete Comprehensive Master Restoration/Renovation Plan at Milton Hoosic Club.

Robert McNeil, ASGCA has begun the task of developing a long range Comprehensive Master Restoration/Renovation Plan at the Milton Hoosic Club in Canton, Massachusetts.

The Milton Hoosic Club was established in 1891 making it one of the oldest Clubs in the country. It’s design pedigree trace back to Willie Park Jr. According to a Club History Willie Park Jr, was engaged by the board of (at the time) Hoosic-Whisick in 1916 to redesign what was a very informal layout developed in 1897. The Club was elected into the USGA in 1897 and to the Massachusetts Golf Association in 1903 making it one of the original 48 clubs and a charter member.

It is also documented in the Clubs history that Parks design included cutting through the pine forest to develop what are now holes 6, 7 and 8. Holes 2, 3 and 4 were also redesigned and lengthened as directed by Park. The redesign work took several years with a halt in construction during WWI. The new holes and the layout as it is today were reopened in 1921.

It is evident that Park Jr. left an imprint at Milton Hoosic. His crossing hazards can be found on the 5th and 7th as well as a lost crossing bunker on the 9th seen as recent as on the 1969 photo. The routing of the golf course also takes on a very natural flow with seemingly little earthmoving with green locations positioned so as to take advantage of the given topography.

The Master Plan will identify the value of the many historic elements either still part of the course or that have been lost. The work includes bunker renovation and restoration, establishing a comprehensive tee program to give the course maximum flexibility, a tree management program and recontouring and expansion of greens and fairways to bring back the original strategic lines on the course.

Parks’ Cop Bunkers separating the 2nd and 3rd at Milton Hoosic
Parks’ Cop Bunkers separating the 2nd and 3rd at Milton Hoosic

About the Northeast Golf Company: The Northeast Golf Company was established in 1996 to provide clients with visionary golf course design leadership and creativity. To be the best requires focus on the business objectives of each client by providing a strategic plan that responds to the inherent nature of the land, the players served and the project budget.

Robert McNeil, member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects provides creative direction while bringing together the necessary expertise and overseeing every aspect of a golf course project to ensure that the vision becomes reality. Services include New Course Design, Renovation, Historic Restoration and Master Planning.

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