1921 Copake CC Returned to Former Glory
“When you stand atop the 12th tee of Copake Country Club on an early fall day, the entire valley around you blazes with glory: burning vermillion, fiery orange, shimmering gold….This isn’t just a golf course; it’s God’s Country,” opines Jay Flemma. Jay follows up on his article in the January 2021 issue of Golf Course Trades, “Copake Country Club Turns Towards 100th Anniversary,” as he interviews restoration and renovation architect Mark Fine, along with Mark Anderson, head superintendent at Copake. Register for the February 25 2021 live online event to learn how the diminutive 6,300-yard public course was restored to suit modern tastes, without losing its distinctive Roaring Twenties character.
Award-winning sports writer and frequent contributor to Golf Course Trades magazine Flemma is an entertainment, Internet, trademark, and banking lawyer from New York. (His clients have been nominated for Grammy and Emmy awards, won a Sundance Film Festival Best Director award, performed on stage and screen, and designed pop art for museums and collectors.) Twitter @JayGolfUSA
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Mark Anderson, Superintendent
Mark took his first job at Copake Country Club more than 35 years ago, when he was a cart attendant at age 12. He has seen the course transform through the hands of multiple owners and a variety of course management strategies. He has been an active member of the golf community through his participation in the National Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the New England Golf Course Superintendents Association, of which he is a former board member. Mark took his turf-education class at Cobleskill and received his B.S. in Aviation Business Administration. Mark has transformed the course over the years using his team of employees by focusing on greens maintenance and fairway and rough display, while keeping traps and tee boxes in good shape. Mark is also a board member of the Philmont Rotary, serves as the Taconic Hills High School football coach, and is an active golfer in the community.
Mark’s firm, Fine Golf Design, provides a comprehensive range of golf course design and consulting services including Master Plan development, historic course restoration as well as renovation and redesign.