Resolution J3693-2011

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Glens Falls Country Club, Inc.



  • Mar 20, 2012: ADOPTED
  • Mar 16, 2012: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Glens
Falls Country Club, Inc.

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  recognize  those
special places within the Empire State which provide recreational oppor-
tunity  for residents and which have become a part of the history of our
State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 100th Anniversary of the Glens Falls Country Club, Inc., to be
celebrated on Friday, March 23, 2012; and
  WHEREAS, In 1911, a group of Glens Falls businessmen  met  to  discuss
the  opportunity  of  establishing  a  country club that included a golf
course; a committee was formed, and on March 16, 1912, the  Glens  Falls
Country Club was incorporated; and
  WHEREAS,  The members of the Glens Falls Country Club's first Board of
Governors in 1912 were: George R.  Raley, President; Louis F. Hyde,  1st
Vice  President;  George  H.  Parks, 2nd Vice President; Howard J. Bush,
Secretary; James M. Reay, Treasurer;  Edward  M.  Angell;  Frederick  G.
Fielding,  M.D.;  M.N.T.  Coolidge  Fowler;  Clarence H. Holmes; Aruther
Eugene Mason; Charles V. Peters; Frederick F. Pruyn; John E. Sawyer; and
Elmer J. West; and
  WHEREAS, Famous golf course architect, Donald  Ross,  was  brought  to
Glens Falls by Louis Hyde to survey potential sites for the golf course;
after  surveying  several  sites  Donald Ross recommended the Round Pond
site; and
  WHEREAS, Two years later the  nine-hole  course  opened  for  play  in
April,  1914;  Donald  Ross  was asked to return in 1921 to redesign the
current course so that it could be expanded to  18  holes;  the  current
18-hole course configuration opened in 1924; and
  WHEREAS,  Between  1929  and  1939  the club was the site of the Glens
Falls Open; many of the  day's  famous  touring  pros  came  to  compete
including Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Walter Hagen; and
  WHEREAS,  During  World  War  II and the Korean Conflict, the Board of
Governors passed a resolution to allow members who  entered  the  United
States  Armed  Forces  to retain their membership status, free of charge
until their return to civilian life; and
  WHEREAS, The course has also been the site of the  men's  and  women's
New York State amateur championships, the United States Senior Champion-
ship in 1992 and has hosted a dinner for the 1980 USA and Soviet wrestl-
ing teams when they visited Glens Falls for a competition; and
  WHEREAS,  Through  the  years,  hundreds  of  dedicated members of the
community and the club devoted their time and talents to meet the objec-
tives set forth by the Board of Directors of 1912; and
  WHEREAS, Today's Board of Governors continues the  social  and  recre-
ational  programs  of the club, with an emphasis on youth, for swimming,
tennis and golf; and
  WHEREAS, Under the guidance of golf Pro Tom Haggerty, since 1973, high
school teams practice and play the golf course as  part  of  the  club's
community involvement; and
  WHEREAS,  The  current members of the Board of Governors are: Christo-
pher Della Bella, President; Gregory Goetz, President  Elect;  Kevin  J.
Herlihy, M.D., Past President; Claudia Higgins, Secretary; Richard Full-
er,  Treasurer;  Michael  Clarke; Mark DelSignore; Kristine Hatch; Geor-
gette Folley; Al Gilet; Jeffery Kilburn; Nicole Ryan; and Paul  Sheehan;

  WHEREAS,  The Glens Falls Country Club has prevailed over the economic
hardships of the fire of 1923, our Nation's wars, prohibition, The Great
Depression, recessions, droughts, and storms; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the custom of this Legislative Body to honor and pay
tribute to those places and institutions within the State  of  New  York
whose  historic  significance  has contributed to the culture and tradi-
tions of our citizens; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Glens Falls Country Club, Inc.;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Glens Falls Country Club, Inc.


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