Riley lies on the rug of the pro shop at Barker Brook, ready to greet eager golfers. He rolls on his back for a grateful belly rub. Nervous juniors are happy to see him on the first day of camp. Some are forced to come by their parent for whatever reason but find fun in the sport and the second week becomes their choice. After a month of Thursdays they are more confident and anxious to play with their relatives and friends. Owner Mike Intartaglia celebrates their success with a luncheon, prizes and ice cream sundaes.
Barker Brook is a treat for all ages. This is where we hold our Erieville Open in July to benefit the local volunteer fire department. It’s a hit and giggle scramble with lots of awards, food and beer at the finish. Proceeds supplement the fire crew’s budget for training.
The secret is out about Barker Brook Golf Club. It matches any course conditioning in Central New York for a very reasonable $28 green fee. Giant white windmills are fantastical against the deep forests at Barker Brook Golf Club. Ponds are naturally positioned throughout the course beginning on number 1, coming into surprise play on the right front side of the green on this par 5. Hole 5 has a highly elevated tee box with a pond waiting on the right below and streams on both sides the length of the fairway. Perhaps the trickiest hole is number 16, a long sharp dogleg right with another sizeable pond to cross. All par 3s are creatively designed. The long number 4 green has a sloping backdrop into the woods. Number 9 crosses a grass chasm to a wide slightly front sloping green. Bunkers flank the front of 11’s green and 15 has a peninsula island surrounded by ball sucking aqua habitat.
Summer time means getting back to Barker Brook where golf is like the life of Riley.