Integrity Golf to operate two Long Island courses

The town of Huntington, New York, in Long Island has selected Integrity Golf Company to oversee golf operations of two facilities: Crab Meadow Golf Course and Dix Hills Park Short Course effective Jan. 1.

Newsday reports the Huntington Town Board approved a five-year contract with Integrity Golf on Nov. 6 in a unanimous 5-0 vote at the monthly town meeting, with the possibility of three five-year renewals. 

The town will receive total payments over five years of $559,500 or 10 percent of gross annual revenue, whichever is greater, according to Newsday. The newspaper also reports capital improvements of $125,000, or 1.5 percent of revenue, to be undertaken throughout the initial five-year term. Integrity Golf will spend $25,000 annually for capital and aesthetic improvements for the two courses, according to Club & Resort Business.

 “As someone with family ties to Long Island, it’s also a thrill to come home to an area I know well,” Integrity Golf chief executive officer Gene Garrote said in a press release. “Our company has a lot of experience partnering with the public sector accustomed to high-quality standards, and we’re dedicated to delivering a continued high-caliber golf experience to Huntington residents and their guests.”

Crab Meadow Golf Course, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, is a par-72, 18-hole championship municipal course designed by William F. Mitchell, located in Northport area of Huntington. The municipal course measures 6,598 yards from the blue tees and 5,658 yards from the forward red tees. Integrity Golf, based in Winter Garden, Florida, will also manage the newly renovated clubhouse. 

The property dates back to 1921 when golf architect Devereux Emmet opened the now-defunct Northport County Club, which closed 20 years later. The abandoned clubhouse burned down in 1949. In 1962, town residents approved a $2.5 million parks program referendum settling on the 640-acre site as the new home for the Crab Meadow Golf Course.

Dix Hills Golf Course, located in Huntington’s Dix Hills Park, is a 9-hole executive layout course. The par-31 course measures 1,920 yards from the back tees and 1,882 yards from the par-32 forward tees.

“We are excited to enter into a new partnership with Integrity Golf for the management of both Crab Meadow and Dix Hills Park golf course properties,” Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said in a press release. “Integrity’s proposed capital investment coupled with its strong background in operating an extensive golf course portfolio will benefit our golfing public and taxpayers."

Integrity Golf Company is one of Golf Inc.’s “Top 25 Management Companies in the World.” It oversees 26 golf facilities and over 30 18-hole courses in Florida, New York, Tennessee, North Carolina, Idaho and South Carolina. 

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