The sounds of golf have been bouncing around these hills for six decades. But the Crown Point Country Club in Springfield wasn't always a golf course. This used to be 300 acres of farmland.
"It was thanks to about 15 original members who each gave $1,000 to help purchase the land," said Jeff Taft-Dick, the course historian.
And remnants of a road that cuts right through it is how the Country Club got its name—the Crown Point Military Road connecting the Fort at #4 in nearby Charlestown, N.H., to Fort Ticonderoga in Crown Point, N.Y.
"It was completed in 1760 and used by the British and Americans to fend off the French and Indians coming down from Montreal," Taft-Dick said.
What haven't changed are the sweeping views of the Green Mountains, whether it's Okemo way off in the distance or a closer Mount Ascutney.
"Crown Point is reflective of the history of Springfield in many ways," said George Lamb, a member.
And unlike most courses, Crown Point is member-owned, just like the way it started 60 years ago.
"Camaraderie of membership just makes it a fun place to be," Lamb said.
For golfers, it represents their individual stories.
"When I was in college, I used to mow the fairways here," said Alice Emmons of Springfield.
Emmons, who's a familiar face at the Statehouse in Montpelier, grew up in the area.
"It's an asset to the town of Springfield in terms of recreational aspect and what's available for families moving to the community," Emmons said.
Speaking of families, this course has hosted one of the hottest young players on the PGA Tour-- Woodstock's Keegan Bradley.
"His dad was the pro here," Taft-Dick said. "They lived up in Woodstock and his dad used to commute down here. But Keegan played here quite a bit and a lot of people in the club know and remember him."
And members say future success will depend on whether the next generation of golfers comes out to show their support.
"Trying to get more younger people interested in the game," member Dave Thurber said. "It's kind of fallen off in the last few years with the economy and all. You got to off a good product at a reasonable price."
A long-term business strategy that these golfers say is right on the mark.
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