Frye Island Golf - Driving Range Project

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GOLF DRIVING RANGE AND PRACTICE PUTTING GREEN UPDATE 9-7-16

  I want to thank the following Islanders and businesses who made contributions and pledges this week. Tony and Josie Kurgan, Marcia and Russell Deubler, Lorna Priestly, William and Wendy Wardell, Tim and Mary McCarthy, Curt and Charlotte Farnsworth, Allen and Denise Messerve, Richard Norris, Tom and Nancy Bishop, Roland and Joleen Auger, and Tom and Nancy Canty.

  It was another good fund raising week. I would again like to ask all of my fellow Islanders to support this project! This week again we made significant progress at the site.  We spent most of the week removing the ledge that was blasted last week to improve the driving range site lines and worked on building the tee area which now has a beautiful granite retaining wall. The spirit of islander volunteerism was again demonstrated this week. Two of our neighbors, Mike Daigle and Randy Kannaird , who are both master masons spent their labor day morning walking the range and harvesting about 10,000 lbs of granite material from the blasted ledge to store for the building of the fireplace and pizza oven we hope to build behind the Club. These men have volunteered to build these structures! This is the kind of extra ordinary volunteerism that has typified our island for the past 40 years.    Planning also continues for the range irrigation system and hydro seeding.  A professionally done virtual reality video was donated by a landscape design and construction firm showing in detail how special and unique the backyard of the clubhouse area could become!  Please take a look! This is our ultimate goal and vision of what the backyard area of the clubhouse could become for club members and most of all for all islanders and their children! How far we go with this project is purely a function of how much money we raise! Please take the time to review this video! Imagine another daytime and evening social area on the island we can all be proud of.

Many who viewed the video this week on the island again told us that with a recreational facility like this they would consider joining the club. Some people asked about social memberships. Children who saw this video became excited about the range the putting green and how much fun daytime and evening family activities at the club might be.   The you tube link for this video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLB2uZX0sEc 


The video shows what the backyard space could look like during the day and then at night.  I hope it will inspire all of you to come up and see what progress we have made and make a donation.  The summer season is now over and we are asking all islanders to donate funds so all 3 phases of our project can be completed. I am happy to discuss and review this project with anyone during the week or on the weekend. If you have any problems with this video link email me at my email address below and I will send you the link.

  Besides pure financial support we could use a hand in fundraising!  We also plan to have a few days devoted to clearing and picking small rocks from the entire range area. We are looking for fellow islanders and club members to volunteer to help for 3 hours on Wednesday and Thursday  and for one big clean-up day either on a Saturday or Sunday soon from 1 to 5 pm. We will make those days fun, so sign up in the clubhouse and provide your phone number if you are willing to help us. Bring your kids along to help!  This project is mostly for them! Anyone who would like to help me in the fundraising efforts feel free to call me at 401-439-1060 or email me at alanw155@aol.com or see Jack McKee.

Last week we placed big blue 5 gallon buckets at the club for range ball donations. We have already filled a few buckets! For all of you who have lots of balls please donate some of your stash to the range. We know there are many of you out there with lots of Balls!!!!---so help us out and put them in the big blue buckets at the club.

We have begun actively to look for a golf pro or an apprentice pro to come to the island next year to conduct individual and group lessons at the club! For all of you who would like to learn the game but are intimidated of nervous about learning the game on the course this would be the perfect opportunity not only learn the game and then become an active golf member.

Please also remember to put Saturday June 24th of 2017 on your calendar.  It is the date for “A Party with a Purpose” which will be a fund raiser for this project featuring the Southern Drawl Band a nationally acclaimed trop rock and country band from Tennessee.  Posters for this event can be found at the club and at the office. We already have approximately 100 committed tickets.

Some islanders have asked if you will have to be a member to use the driving range, the practice putting green or the improved backyard space. The simple answer is that these will be island amenities for all to use.

Last but not least for those of you who believe in this project and have given money to support it, encourage your Island neighbors and other golf members to give. If we all help, the heavy lifting will be easier and we will all have a new attraction on the island we can enjoy and be proud of!

A donation form for this project again accompanies this update in the FINS this week. Contribution forms and donations can be found or made in the office, the golf club house or by seeing Todd Keigwin or by stopping by at my house at 281 Leisure Lane.

Thanks for everyone’s support!   

Alan Ross and the Driving Range Project Team!


GOLF DRIVING RANGE AND PRACTICE PUTTING GREEN UPDATE 8/17

I want to thank the following Islanders who made contributions and pledges this week.  Mike and Alicia Vesprini, Paul and Loraine Lyons, Vic Solimini, Jay Nardone and Kathleen Heming, Todd and Kelliann Bazemore, the Galkin Foundation, Jim and Beth Hirsch, Jim and Sue Hodge, Dave and Megin Hemmerling, Mike and Marcy Morrill and Roger and Carol Stenz. It was an excellent fundraising week.  Additionally I want to again make a very special thank you to Dale and Elizabeth Freschette this week. As you may know Dale and Elizabeth are our island neighbors but they also own Freschette Excavation and have done lots of great work for many of us on the Island. This week they told me they were donating all of the Caterpillar Bulldozer operator time that was incurred last week clearing the range for this project. When you see them thank them for this special gift!


I would like to ask all of my fellow Islanders to support this project! This week we completed the initial site work. Next week we will be blasting away ledge to improve the driving range site lines. Next week I also hope to have a professionally done virtual reality video donated by a landscape design architect showing in detail how special and unique the backyard of the clubhouse area could become.

 This is an Island project. First and foremost it is an excellent project for youth of all ages on our Island. It will give them a great place to go and have some fun. Hitting balls and putting could be great fun without the cost of a golf membership. Children of all ages could come up and learn about the game. We are hoping we can find a way to conduct group golf lessons for children in various age groups. It would be a great place that they could also go to and have a hot dog and an ice cream float after enjoying the range and putting green.  The range and the practice putting green could be incorporated into the summer youth recreation programs. While our course operation has been financially sound it needs to be sustainable in the years and decades to come. Exposing our youth to the game will help insure we continue to have new members. The average age of our golf membership continues to climb. We need to expose new families to all the golf course has to offer. This project should help doing that. The more quality attractions we have on this Island, we all call home, the better the quality of our lives and our children’s and grand children’s lives will be. This project will continue to promote community and will give us all more chances to meet new people and more of our neighbors. There are many on the island who have told us they do not have an interest in golf but would go up and hit some balls a enjoy putting on a golf green. This would make everything about our golf operation more vibrant. The club’s backyard area and deck can become an amazing area to relax and have fun!

It is our hope that every Island family will support this worthwhile project. We are at a critical juncture and we need every Islander’s support. To date we have raised almost 45% of our original fundraising goal of $75,000.  If every Island family made a donation this project would be a resounding success. Please give what you can! If we exceed our initial fundraising goals we can transform the back of the clubhouse to something really special. As this is a two year project consider pledging as much as you can and make 2 equal tax deductible payments in 2016 and 2017. Seven Non golfing island families this week and last alone gave $5,500 to support this project for our kids and grandchildren. For those who have already given ask your neighbors to support this project. For all of you with children on this island consider helping us with this project to provide them with a great new venue to have some fun.  Your contributions are tax deductible. Contribution forms and donations can be found or made in the office, the golf club house or by seeing Todd Keigwin or by stopping by at my house at 281 Leisure Lane.

A donation form for this project accompanies this update in the FINS this week and is available on the website.

Thanks again to everyone who has helped make this project a reality. We are hoping we can finish most of the fund raising by the middle of September. If anyone would like to help us with this project please feel free to call me at 401-439-1060.

Alan Ross 

GOLF DRIVING RANGE AND PRACTICE PUTTING GREEN UPDATE 8/10


The golf driving range and putting green project got started in earnest this week. We want to thank the Selectman, the Town Manager, the DPW Director and the Planning Board for supporting this project, which will be funded totally by donor contributions. Thanks to Jim Kuiken, Chris Gruner, Steve Kaplan, Tim McCarthy, John Thompson and Gary Donahue for their help in guiding us thru the planning process. On Tuesday of this week the major site work for this project began. It started this Tuesday by moving a giant Caterpillar D6T Bulldozer over on the ferry. Thanks to John Crosby and his ferry teams for the great job they did bringing this needed equipment to the Island. Come by this weekend and see all the progress we have made. Progress was made on many fronts this week. With an approved project in place the fundraising began. I am pleased to report that we have already received pledges and contributions in excess of $26,000 which is more than 33% of our total budget of 75,000 for the project. I want to thank the following Islanders who made contributions and pledges this week.  Ken and Maggie Hanchett, Ron Melanson and Family, Jon and Stefanie Hartman, Paul and Ann Marie Murphy, Phil and Karen Spring, Bruce and Kathleen Hickie, Dave and Heidi Bond, James and Susan Hodge, John and Theresa Hodge, Tony and Sandra Solis, Todd Keigwin and Randy and Kathy Kannaird.

I would appeal to all of my fellow Islanders to support this project. This is an Island project. First and foremost it is an excellent project for youth of all ages on our Island. It will give them a great place to go and have some fun. Hitting balls and putting could be great fun without the cost of a golf membership. Children of all ages could come up and learn about the game. We are hoping we can find a way to conduct group golf lessons for children in various age groups. It would be a great place that they could also go to and have a hot dog and an ice cream float after enjoying the range and putting green.  The range and the practice putting green could be incorporated into the summer youth recreation programs. While our course operation has been financially sound it needs to be sustainable in the years and decades to come. Exposing our youth to the game will help insure we continue to have new members. The average age of our golf membership continues to climb. We need to expose new families to all the golf course has to offer. This project should help doing that. The more quality attractions we have on this Island, we all call home, the better the quality of our lives and our children’s and grand children’s lives will be. This project will continue to promote community and will give us all more chances to meet new people and more of our neighbors. There are many on the island who have told us they do not have an interest in golf but would go up and hit some balls a enjoy putting on a golf green. This would make everything about our golf operation more vibrant. The club’s backyard area and deck can become an amazing area to relax and have fun!

Special thanks this week to Dale Frechette our Island neighbor and excavation contractor and Pat for helping us with planning and executing the site work and procuring and transporting the CAT D6T Bulldozer. Dale has been extremely helpful and a great project partner who has helped us greatly the past few weeks. Thanks also to Mike Daigle, Jon Hartman, and Paul Murphy for their exceptional volunteerism this week.

It is our hope that every Island family will support this worthwhile project. For those who have already given ask your neighbors to support this project. For all of you with children on this island consider helping us with this project which will provide them with a great new venue to have some fun.  Your contributions are tax deductible. Contribution forms and donations can be found or made in the office, the golf club house or by seeing Todd Keigwin or by stopping by at my house at 281 Leisure Lane.

Thanks again to everyone who has helped make this project a reality. We are hoping we can finish the fundraising by Labor Day.

Alan Ross

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Andrew Davis,
Aug 10, 2016, 8:17 PM