"We have 170 trees down in playable areas," said
There was also other damage around the course, which is forced to close in the heart of its busiest time of the season.
"We usually do between 300 and 350 rounds of golf per day at this time of year," Greer said. "This is going to have a major impact. We are closed indefinitely due to the storm damage. The scope of the amount of work that has to be done is beyond what our staff is capable of handling without some outside assistance."
The closing of the course impacts approximately 42 part-time employees, who are now sidelined by the closing of Cranberry Valley.
A big concern that is forcing the closing of the course is the insurance factor. Loose hanging branches and limbs, flying twigs, twisted tree trunks and debris along the course pose a serious danger to players, and once the course reopens, golfers will be playing under adverse conditions.
Most of the damage is on the back nine with holes 15 and 16 suffering the most damage. There was also a line of felled trees between the first and ninth holes and a massive limb was twisted off a tree behind the 13th green.
Cranberry Valley was supposed to host the Mass Golf WGAM Junior Girls Championship on
"There is no way we can host that," said a disappointed Greer. "Mass Golf was very understanding and is looking for a new site."
A tour of the course by Town Administrator
"After our tour today, we are hoping to have the practice range open Saturday and then possibly have the front nine open by Thursday," Greer said. "When the back nine can be opened is still to be determined, depending on the speed and ability to remove most of the damage."
Cranberry Valley has 1,150 yearly fee-paying members. Courses in the area, such as
Some of the non-members who have tee times reserved during the time the course is closed have been searching for sites to play.
A check of other area courses, such as New Seabury, Captains,
"We had very minor damage," said
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