With the snowpack finally washed away, Westchester's six county-owned public golf courses -- some 18,000 acres of greens and fairways -- will open Friday for the season with some new improvements.
"They are in great shape, yet cost a fraction of the private courses in the area," said Peter Tartaglia, deputy commissioner for the county's parks department.
Through the spring, the county will be making upgrades at three sites. One of the smallest locations, the 130-acre Sprain Lake Golf Course in Yonkers, is slated for a $1.5 million upgrade this spring. In addition to the widening and upgrading of existing cart paths, new ones will be added. A temporary green will be installed on the third hole, while 2,500 cubic yards of dirt are removed to soften what is now a steep descent, park officials said.
Westchester also plans some face-lifts at its second Yonkers course, the 126-acre Dunwoodie Golf Course, which is the smallest course among its holdings. Sand traps will be reshaped with new drainage systems to help the ease of play. A similar project is also planned for the rolling hills of the 852-acre Mohansic Golf Course in Yorktown Heights.
No immediate improvements are planned this season at the county's three remaining courses, which include the 140-acre Maple Moor Golf Course, the 700-acre Saxon Woods Golf Course in Scarsdale and the 7,000-yard, par 71 championship Hudson Hills Golf Course in New Castle.
Driving ranges are available at Mohansic, Sprain, Dunwoodie and Saxon Woods.
The cost to play 18 holes on weekends and holidays is $45, or $35 for residents with park passes. In June, golf leagues -- which are required to have a minimum of eight players each -- open at the courses. League players are charged $450 to play nine holes and use a cart for 12 weeks.