“A hole-in-one success story!” . . . that’s how Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino characterized the town’s recent takeover of the day-to-day management of the renowned Lido Golf Club in Lido Beach. After a marathon refurbishment of the waterfront links style course, it reopened to rave reviews on June 18th of this year. Further, the Robert Trent Jones designed golf course has realized a substantial increase in revenues under public management as the upgraded facility has become tremendously popular with skilled golfers and beginners alike. Santino was joined today at Lido Golf Club by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilmen Anthony D’Esposito and Dennis Dunne, Sr., and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad to deliver the positive news about the town’s takeover of the stunning golf course.
“Town workers are demonstrating that they can refurbish a golf course to the highest standard, attract scores of new customers and boost revenues as a result,” Santino said. “This upgraded course boasts new carts and cart paths, refurbished bridges, as well as expertly manicured fairways, greens, trees and bunkers.”
Over the first six weeks of operations, the golf course recorded net revenues of $102,000, a $77,000 increase over the revenue the town would have realized under its expired contract with a private sector golf course manager. Town accountants project total annual net revenues of $510,000, a 145 percent or $301,306 increase over the amount Hempstead Town would have accrued through the former private course management. In fact, the golf course has recorded $547,309 in total revenues between the June 18th grand re-opening and Labor Day (September 4, 2017).
“In a few short months, the town’s takeover of the beautiful Lido Golf Club has already demonstrated to be a success for our golfers and for our taxpayers,” Goosby said.
“After only one summer of town management of the renowned Lido Golf Club, we are already realizing the benefits and foresee the positive long-term potential of the waterside gem,” D’Esposito said. “It was exciting to be here for the grand re-opening in June, but today marks a thrilling moment in the history of the Robert Trent Jones designed golf course,” Dunne said.
In addition to the public management success story that is being written at the Lido Golf Club, Santino is turning the popularity of the golfing destination into a benefit for a worthy cause in partnering with “Bunkers in Baghdad,” an organization that donates golf clubs, equipment and balls to U.S. military who are serving overseas. The town has collected more than 60 full sets of clubs with bags, over 1,000 loose clubs, 10,000 golf balls and other equipment; most of the supplies beings donated by visitors to the hugely popular Lido Golf Club and the township’s other course located in Merrick.
“I am dedicated to maximizing the town’s productivity and performance through better management practices,” Santino stated. “By replacing private sector operators with town workers at the Lido Golf Club, we have improved the facility and enhanced its popularity, thereby maximizing potential revenues. This is a ‘win-win’ scenario for golfers and taxpayers.”
Hempstead Town operates two stunning public courses. Merrick Golf Course, a 9-hole, par 36 course right next to Merrick Cove, and Lido Golf Club, an 18-hole, par 72 course in Lido Beach, overlooking the scenic Reynolds Channel. The Lido Golf Club has received a surge of players since it reopened this past Father’s Day after an extensive two-week rehabilitation period. Hempstead Town assumed the day-to-day management of the popular golfing destination after decades of private management. Additionally, Lido Golf Club now accepts online reservations, visit www.lidogolfcourse.com to reserve tee times.