Lakeview Golf Course on the Horseback Road in Burnham will host a party today that has been more than 250 years in the making, longer actually than the country’s birthday to be celebrated on Sunday.
And everyone, literally, is invited to the Brother and Connie Reynolds Golf Tournament.
Prices for the festivities are tied to historical prices at the course, which opened in 1927.
“There’s a $10 fee for members, which is what a membership cost in 1927,” said son-in-law Steven George.
For nonmembers, said George, there’s an extra $5 charge, which is what a greens fee was in 1960 when Brother and Connie took over operation of the club from Brother’s father, Ronello Reynolds Sr.
Brother Reynolds’ given name is actually Ronello Reynolds Jr. He was the only male sibling, though, and his sisters all called him “Brother,” according to George. The nickname stuck.
The 1960 prices will also apply to some of the food offerings.
“We found an actual menu from 1960,” said George, “so hamburgers will be 40 cents and cheeseburgers 45 cents. Hot dogs will be 30 cents and coffee 15 [cents].”
Tournament play can start at 9 a.m., but they figure the last group will have to tee off by 5 p.m. in order to finish their 18 holes before dark. There are no tee times, just show up and play. Scores will be determined using the Calloway system, so handicaps aren’t necessary.
“They just have to turn in their cards at the end and we’ll take care of the scoring,” said George.
The “grand opening” actually celebrates the formation of a new ownership group that consists of the Reynolds, their daughters Susie, Laurie and Tammy and their husbands Glen Furrow, Norman Turner and Steven George, respectively.
The children range in age from their early 40s to early 50s, a pittance in comparison to the farm’s history.
When Brother Reynolds’ ancestors settled on Unity Pond in 1754, George Washington was still a surveyor in Virginia and just beginning his military career. The 200-acre tract, of which the golf course covers 40, has remained in family hands ever since.
To make sure the property, which began as a potato farm, stays in family hands, Brother and Connie Reynolds entered into the new ownership setup that became official last month.
“We started planning it last fall,” said George. The papers were signed June 14.
“It’s a second job for us now,” said George.
“Tammy and Susie are teachers, so they have their summers off, pretty much,” George said. Tammy teaches second grade in Pittsfield, while Susie teaches at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield.
Norman Turner, who is a maintenance manager at Lincoln Paper and Tissue, is in charge of machine maintenance and land management issues, said George.
“Tammy manages the clubhouse. Glen, who is retired military, gets our parts and works on the course. He’s our workhorse,” stated George. “Susie and Brother do the mowing and turf management. Laurie is a chef for Winterport Winery, so she would be the event coordinator [weddings, reunions, etc.] and plan menus. I do the books.”
They have their specialties, but they help each other out as well.
“Those are our defined roles, but we all pretty much roll up our sleeves,” said George. “The list of tasks is pretty big.”
They’re learning as they work, and they have experienced teachers.
“Brother and Connie are still involved, helping push us in the right direction,” said George.