The Crab Meadow Golf Course in Northport celebrated its 50th anniversary this month with a "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" themed golf outing.

More than 80 golfers participated in the event on Oct. 21, commemorating the official opening of the course in 1965. Course workers wore garb reminiscent of the famed Beatles album cover, and the music and decorations hearkened back to the era when the course first opened.

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In 1961, then-Supervisor Robert Flynn first tried get voters to approve a $2.5 million bond issue to purchase 700 acres throughout the Town of Huntington for parks, including property at Crab Meadow that would be used to create a new golf course.

Flynn's first effort failed, but the following year, he secured financial backing from various community groups, including the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. That support helped the referendum get approval, and golf architect William F. Mitchell was hired to design the course, originally as part of the Northport Country Club.