Franconia golf course & Veterans memorial Golf course
The City of Springfield’s Parks and Recreation Department welcomes you to our two professionally maintained championship style golf courses
Franconia Golf COurse
The 18-hole Franconia Golf Course in Springfield, MA is a public golf course that opened in 1929. Designed by John Van Kleek, Wayne Stiles and Geoffrey Cornish, Franconia Golf Course measures 6,213 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 118 and a 69.7 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
Veterans memorial Golf COurse
The 18-hole Veteran’s Memorial Golf Course in Springfield, Massachusetts features 6,350 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 69.3 and it has a slope rating of 121 on Bent grass. Designed by Geoffrey S. Cornish, ASGCA, the Veteran’s Memorial Golf Course opened in 1964.
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Diversity, Revenue Streams Are Key to Clubs’ Success
The golf business has never been entirely about golf. There has always been a need a diversity in the form of food and beverage, weddings and other events, and even cross-country skiing in the winter. But at a time when clubs are being challenged by declining play and rising expenses, the need to create revenue streams and put all their facilities to use has never been greater.
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The city’s new golf pro, Ryan Hall, is making that transition smoothly enough. Just two days before opening day at Franconia and Veterans Memorial golf courses last week, he received incessant phone calls and a consistent stream of golf merchandise deliveries seemingly in stride.
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Ryan Hall acknowledged that he really didn’t know what to expect when he left the posh private-club realm within the broad business of golf, specifically Avon Country Club in Connecticut, for Springfield’s two public courses, or ‘munis,’ as they’re called, this spring.
But in making that dramatic and somewhat unique career course change, he strongly implied — without actually and officially saying it — that the unknown was and is a better bet for him than something he’d for known for pretty much his entire career.
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