Modified: May 12, 2023 3:05pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined today by Deputy Commissioner of Parks, Recreation & Forestry Kate Hilliman and Parks personnel along with the proprietors of the new 19th @ Grover Grill, Michael and Paul Murdie, at the Grover Cleveland golf course today to review course improvements and to welcome the Murdies to their new role at the course. The original site of the Country Club of Buffalo and host of the 1912 U.S. Open, Grover Cleveland golf course is now open and welcoming golfers once again this year.
“Grover Cleveland golf course is an historic course that is accessible and fun to play for golfers of all skill levels, and the improvements we are making here make it an even more accommodating and enjoyable course to play. The iconic stone wall that greets golfers as they arrive has been restored with new stone and better lighting, bunkers are being restored and drainage is improved as well,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “In addition, we are welcoming a new clubhouse vendor to handle hungry patrons here at the 19th at Grover Grill and will soon be beginning restoration work on the Schenck House to transform it into a museum for artifacts of the Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry. This is truly an exciting time at Grover Cleveland!”
The 19th at Grover Grill is now open as a full-service restaurant for both golfers and non-golfers alike, bringing a new service to the course after a gap of several years. Brothers Michael and Paul Murdie, both avid golfers, bring over thirty years of food service and customer service business background to their new venture, signing a three-year contract to operate the Club House and Halfway House at the course.
Improvements to the historic golf course are ongoing and creating a better experience for visitors. Along with the restored stone entrance wall and new lighting, Phase I of course bunker restoration will be finishing this spring, while course-wide drainage improvements are ongoing. An upgraded starter building awaits golfers this year as well.
Another transformational project, the renovation of the Schenck House at Grover, will be launching later this year. The oldest remaining stone structure in the City of Buffalo and one of last remaining examples of this type of German domestic architecture existing locally, the $1.6 million restoration will create a museum of artifacts of the Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry.
For more information:
On the Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry visit https://www3.erie.gov/parks/
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