Thendara Golf beautification project honoring memorable feats and folks

Dave Barker, Chairman of the Memorial Paver project at Thendara Golf Club, stands on the "putting green" with pavers to honor those who have passed on. Photo by Carol Hansen

The Thendara Golf Club has begun a beautification project that offers an opportunity for people to honor past and present golfers who have a passion for the historic Thendara course.

Through the new Paver Project, pavers can be purchased and inscribed with messages to either memorialize a golfer who has passed, or to celebrate a personal golfing milestone.

Dave Barker, Club board member and project chairman, said a 12’ by 12’ space—featuring 400 pavers—has been designated as a Memorial area, while pavers on the porch can be purchased to acknowledge such feats as a hole-in-one, winning a club championship, or simply playing one’s best golf match ever.

The idea for the Paver Project was suggested by past-board member Jerry Britton, who was inspired by a similar fundraising beautification effort at Constableville Hall.

Barker expanded on the idea by prompting the addition of the Golfers’ Memorial.

For the cost of a round of golf, an architect drew up the sketches for the Memorial, which replicates a putting green—complete with a cup in the middle and a red flag, Barker said.

On opposite sides of the Memorial are two granite benches, one of which has already been purchased by the family of Howard Slater. The inscription on the bench plaque reads, “Caddy, Member and President.”

Barker said the hopes of the board are that sales of the pavers will not only cover the cost of the construction of the Memorial and inscription fees, but will also support the addition of a bronze cast caddy on the Memorial site, and other aesthetic enhancements to the course, such as flowers.

The project seems to be off to a good start, according to Barker, with 17 Memorial pavers already purchased since they were made available late in the fall.

The pavers are 4” by 8” each and are $75. Messages can include up to three lines with 14 characters per line.

For more information or to receive an application for a paver, contact Dave Barker at (315) 369-6439, or write to him at: P.O. Box 354, Old Forge, NY 13420.

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