LIMESTONE, Maine — The Limestone Country Club has a new owner. Dean Kimball took the reins during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.
The club’s previous owner, Craig Phair, had taken care of the grounds for 20 years. Golfers and recreation enthusiasts can expect a year-round facility ready to hold weddings, banquets and regular golf tournaments. The club is fully licensed, which means food and adult beverages will be available to patrons.
Kimball said he has a three-year plan to restore the club to its original beauty when it was at its peak from 1978 to ‘94.
Throughout the summer golfers hold benefit tournaments every other week, Kimball said. And the club works closely with the Limestone Recreation Department and Chamber of Commerce to hold scavenger hunts, hayrides and their annual October Fest.
The club is part of the Maine Snowmobile Trail System and Kimball can’t wait to offer club services during the winter months. For those who want to stay warm during the winter chill the club offers indoor events and social activities such as cribbage and card games.
“Twenty-five percent of the actual business the club receives comes from its golfers, and the other 75 percent is utilizing the year-round facility for social functions and other recreation,” Kimball said.
Working with the Loring Development Authority to restore the grounds, Kimball also has plans to take over housing property formally associated with the club.
If the three-year renovation goes according to plan, Kimball sees a future for the club’s archery range that’s been closed since 1994.
The club will be a part of the Limestone Fourth of July activities this Saturday and they will host a beverage area for adults 21 and over. In the morning golfers have the chance to take part in a red, white and blue nine-hole two-person scramble tournament. And new members of the club have the opportunity of grabbing a first-year membership for just $99, Kimball said.