KINGSBURY — There is a lot more than a new name at Kingsbury National Golf Club.
Deric Buck, who already runs Bay Meadows Golf Club in Queensbury, purchased the former Kingswood Golf Course last year and immediately set to work, taking down trees, cleaning the high growth around the eight ponds and putting new sand in 12 bunkers.
Last week, Buck said the work has been continuing.
“We completely renovated every green and bunker and repaired all the cart paths,” he said. “We took out the trees at 12 and 17, and we are reconfiguring the course to increase the pace of play.”
The course opened Saturday, and carts were able to navigate it early this week.
Buck said there is a new 70-seat restaurant at the course, and he plans more work as he works out the details of a loan from the Washington County Local Development Corp.
He has also installed a firepit area behind the clubhouse.
Buck and his mother, who bought the course on Route 41 from Pinhas Shabat for $1.75 million, are also under contract to buy Bay Meadows, where Buck runs both the course and Bogey’s restaurant.
Kingswood was built in 1991 and designed by Mike Woodbury. The course is 18 holes and plays a par 72 at 7,100 yards from the back tees.
Adam Luaces, a native of Glens Falls and a graduate of Manhattan College, is the general manager. Jack Madej, an assistant pro at Glens Falls Country Club, will be the pro at Kingsbury. Travis Morris will remain as the course superintendent.
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