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Golfers prepare for course closure

Streamside Golf Course saw its final rounds this week, as golfers prepared for the courses permanent closure on Sept. 22.

The course, which was listed for nearly $400,000 on May 27, has been on the market several times over the years. While the occasional interested investor has toured the property, offers have always seemed to fall through — up until recently. The property was deemed "sale pending" just several weeks after being put on the market.

The 9-hole sports establishment comes with a clubhouse equipped with two bathrooms and a kitchen; a four bedroom, two bathroom Victorian farmhouse; a gazebo; a large barn; various pieces of mowing equipment; and, 112 acres of land — a large amount being classified as waterfront along the Marsh Stream.

The current owner, Galen Wellman, purchased the property in June 1997. It was, at that time, a golf course — but the layout was much different than the one today. Holes were much shorter, more enclosed, and in an opposite direction than that of current. Streamside Golf Course opened the following year, and has since had 22 successful seasons.

An important milestone came in July 2018 when the course celebrated 20 years of being in business. At that celebration, Mark Fitzpatrick of Winterport scored his first career hole-in-one on the 140 yard, eighth hole. He used an 8-iron.

The course is set to be purchased by the owner of one of Maine’s largest beverage distribution companies, who has no desire to keep the golf course open. His plans include building a new home on what is now the seventh hole, and turning what are currently well-groomed fairways into pastures for his horses.

It’s unclear where current members will play next year. Some have said Brooks, some Searsport, and others have indicated Bangor. One thing is for sure, all players will miss playing on their “home course.”

Columnists’ Note: My column tends to be pretty black and white. I write about current events happening in town, and do my best to leave my opinion or personal matters out of it. This week’s edition is an exception to that rule.

Streamside Golf Course is where I learned to play the sport I’ve grown to love when I was 8 years old. At the age of 12, I achieved what most golfers go their entire lives just dreaming of: a hole-in-one. It happened on the 120-yard, fourth hole. I used a driver. Eleven years later, two months ago, I scored my second career ace on the same hole. Evidently I’ve grown stronger, as this time I used a 9-iron. It was bittersweet knowing that it happened during the course's final year of operation.

I worked at Streamside as a teenager, and eventually held the title of general manager. I’d spend sunrise to sunset mowing the rough and fairways, working in the gazebo, and organizing leagues. My father and I lived in the course’s farmhouse for several summers. I developed friendships there that will last a lifetime.

I can’t blame Galen for selling the course. He has spent an immeasurable amount of time maintaining it. He deserves a peaceful, warm-weathered retirement. I simply hope the new owner appreciates the countless memories that so many of us have made there.

The closing of Streamside Golf Course will leave a tremendous hole in the heart of our community. Driving by and seeing a horse farm will be a hard thing to get used to. I don’t know where I’ll play next year, but I do know it won’t be the same. I’ll miss Streamside.