Madrid Golf Club hoping to save golf course facing closure with June 16 fundraiser
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 2:34 pm

MADRID -- Madrid Golf Club is hoping to raise enough money with a tournament and a GoFundMe page to keep the nine-hole Madrid Golf Course open after 40 years of operation in the community.

The course, at 3662 County Rt. 14, is hosting a Light Up The Night, "Save Our Golf Course" night tournament June 16 in hopes of gathering 40 golfers at $30 each to play between 9 p.m. and midnight. They will golf twice around the course for 18 holes with lighted balls and other lighted items, provided by the organizers.

The tournament will also feature closest to the pin, longest putt, and other contests.

Preregistration is required, through Rae Johnston at 315-322-4408 or 315-276-5865.

“All proceeds will benefit our ‘save the course’ campaign” said Johnston in an email.

Rain date is June 23.

Meanwhile, the GoFundMe campaign is underway.

“The Madrid Golf Club has been part of the Madrid and surrounding communities for 40+ years,” wrote Tracy Champion on the GoFundMe page she set up.

“This 9 hole golf course has been able to offer our local families and members a golf course that is very reasonably priced, very relaxing, and fun for the whole family. It hosts two league nights per week which allows people to get out and enjoy some local camaraderie,” Champion said.

“The weather in 2017 caused this local course to face a very heavy financial burden which continues at this time,” she wrote. “The proceeds from this fund-raising event will assist with costs so that we may continue to keep this golf course open. Members are volunteering their time to keep up the course, but that doesn’t help with other operating costs such as golf cart upkeep, greens upkeep, mowing, etc. etc. We are hoping to reach our goal by the end of June 2018.”

The goal is $5,000.

“The course is in economic shambles. It will be a miracle if they pull through this year,” said golfer Rachel Murphy, who told us about the tournament and the fundraising campaign.

“Sponsors and donations would be greatly appreciated,” she said.